Hi Gang, This Christmas I purchased a Hippeastrum (aka Amaryllis) for my Sister. It was unusual because it had been waxed with instructions not to plant and not to water. In due time, it bloomed. I bought it out of insatiable curtiosity (with apologies to Kipling's tale of "How the Elephant Got His Trunk." As soon as it goes out of bloom, I plan to remove the wax coating, pot it and keep it in the house during the winter. My guess is the roots were shaved closely to the bulb plate. If so, the bulb might survive. It the plate was damaged not so good. Has anyone had experience with this wax treatment? Best wishes and Happy New Year to All Joyce Miller, Gresham, OR where it has been bitterly cold with a nasty wind chill factor to boot. At present it is snowing but barely sticking.