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8:11 PM, Mar. 15, 2013  |  Comments
As someone who has 'done battle'' with getting costly amaryllis bulbs to rebloom over the years, Deb Freeman of Hobart tried a new method from a friend of her mother's, and she thinks she may have cracked the code.Rather than keeping her bulbs in pots outside in the summer, she plants them in a bed. She dug them just before the first frost and let the leaves die back. Bulbs were placed upright in potting soil in a cardboard box and put in a basement storeroom that stays about 50 degrees. When they show signs of growth, she pots them up. She's had 15 of 26 bulbs bloom so far (some of them are orange cybisters), with a few yet to be potted.'I hope to beat my old record of 60 percent rebloom,'' she says. 'I think that my new method is a winner.'
As someone who has 'done battle'' with getting costly amaryllis bulbs to rebloom over the years, Deb Freeman of Hobart tried a new method from a friend of her mother's, and she thinks she may have cracked the code.Rather than keeping her bulbs in pots outside in the summer, she plants them in a bed. She dug them just before the first frost and let the leaves die back. Bulbs were placed upright in potting soil in a cardboard box and put in a basement storeroom that stays about 50 degrees. When they show signs of growth, she pots them up. She's had 15 of 26 bulbs bloom so far (some of them are orange cybisters), with a few yet to be potted.'I hope to beat my old record of 60 percent rebloom,'' she says. 'I think that my new method is a winner.'
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As someone who has "done battle'' with getting costly amaryllis bulbs to rebloom over the years, Deb Freeman of Hobart tried a new method from a friend of her mother's, and she thinks she may have cracked the code.

Rather than keeping her bulbs in pots outside in the summer, she plants them in a bed. She dug them just before the first frost and let the leaves die back. Bulbs were placed upright in potting soil in a cardboard box and put in a basement storeroom that stays about 50 degrees. When they show signs of growth, she pots them up. She's had 15 of 26 bulbs bloom so far (some of them are orange cybisters), with a few yet to be potted. "I hope to beat my old record of 60 percent rebloom,'' she says. "I think that my new method is a winner."

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