Christmas waxed Hippeastrum

Dell Sherk
Sun, 03 Jan 2016 13:38:15 PST
Well, Joyce,

You are very brave! Buying something like that, which is coated in wax, sounds unnatural – like buying a mummy (I think they are more expensive.) But you say it bloomed. What will the commercial horticulturalists think up next? (Well the phalaenopsis colors that I see in the supermarket are pretty unnatural too.) I buy rutabagas that are coated in wax, but they never bloom.

Happy New Year,

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From: Joyce Miller
Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2016 3:16 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Christmas waxed Hippeastrum

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. 

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