Using freezes to force outdoor planted hippeastrum in east, west, & gulf COASTAL states-really easy!!!

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:06:54 PST

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If you planted hippeastrum bulbs that bloom for you each spring in the ground north of Orlando, FL; you can bring them into bloom in 3 to 5 weeks by digging the bulb without bruising, without cutting roots, without cutting leaves and planting in a 10 inch or larger pot of your favorite soil mix so the widest part of the bulb is the soil line. Keep the pot indoors so it gets good window  daylight for half a day without being too close to cold glass. Water once every 2.5 to 3 weeks. Do not let water stand in the saucer more than 30 minutes. If you do not keep your house heated above 68 F degrees both night & day, this may not work for you. However some people report success with house night temperatures of 55 F degrees.
Fast blooming varieties like s. African and sonatini size bulbs are quicker to bloom as you would expect. 
Even if you have old outdoor planted bulbs that have sunk into the ground so you only get new leaves each spring, this will start them blooming again. 
If you are too far south like Ft. Myers or Ft. Lauderdale, your bulbs probably don't get cold enough to be forced into winter bloom by this method.
It is 28 F degrees tonight in Ocala, FL. If you don't heat your house and have a sunny window, don't try it. Wait for spring. 

E. William Warren

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