Hippeastrum papilio

P. C. Andrews pcamusa@hotmail.com
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 12:17:51 PST

Dormant is better of course, but I second Fred's approach for many overcrowded, actively growing bulbs.  The garden hose loosens things up when the soil is washed out and some wriggling and gentle shaking gets most of the bulbs loose.  A few roots may be lost but its less than other approaches I've tried.
Note that some bulbs are really cranky about having their roots disturbed so I mostly use this approach with the more exuberant growers.
> Hi Bob,
> My papilio does the same thing. I just wait until the spring, unpot the
> whole thing and wash away the soil with the garden hose. This does two
> things, it re-hydrated the roots and soil and it also helps to de-tangle the
> roots so that it can be more easily pulled apart. I hope this helps.
> Warm Regards,
> Fred Biasella

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