The delphinium belongs to Christmas just like the poinsettia. But not everyone knows how to care for them properly and so the tubers quickly end up in the trash after flowering. But you can continue to care for them wonderfully, so that you can enjoy their impressive blooms again next winter, and it’s really not difficult. We have already told you how to properly care for the plant and what is necessary to cause a new flowering. Today, we’ll talk about if and when you should repot the amaryllis and how to go about it.
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Do you have to repot amaryllis?
Many plants easily live for several years in the same planter before they need to be repotted due to lack of space or to replace the old soil. This is not so with the delphinium. It needs this maintenance annually to stimulate new flowering. So, it is an important part of amaryllis care after the purchased specimen blooms, without which you need not expect a new flowering phase.
When is the right time?
Between the growing phase and the flowering phase in winter, the plant is in the resting phase. When should you repot the amaryllis, that is, in which of these three phases? Namely, it should be at the end of the dormant phase, after the leaves have long withered and you have given the bulb some time to rest in a cool and dark place. With the new planting in fresh soil, you also determine to a large extent when the flower will bloom, because you wake it from sleep, so to speak.
Repotting Amaryllis – How to do it right:
The soil, the planter and, more precisely, its size should be chosen correctly, and the process should be carried out properly. We explain step by step how you should proceed:
What is the best potting soil?
Some like it loose and permeable, while others do well with loamy substrate. And if you repot the amaryllis? What soil is best then?
Get normal potting soil as well as cactus soil. Then mix the two in equal parts.
Planting amaryllis in a new pot – instructions.
You will need:
- Your still dormant delphinium in the still old soil.
- potting soil and cactus soil, mixed in a ratio of 1:1
- sharp scissors (secateurs)
- Clay shards or other materials for drainage
How to proceed:
- Remove the bulb from the old pot.
- Remove excess soil from the bulb.
- Now, before repotting the amaryllis, remove any roots that are dead or rotting.
- To prevent the drainage holes from becoming clogged with substrate over time, a thin layer of drainage is recommended on top. However, simply placing a shard of clay over some of the holes will suffice.
- Fill the pot halfway with the new substrate. You can reuse the same pot (but then well cleaned and possibly disinfected) or take a new one of the same size.
- Place the tuber on the fresh soil and continue filling the pot to surround it with soil from the sides as well. At the end, however, the top half of the tuber should still be exposed. Press the substrate firmly.
- Water the plant copiously to keep the substrate well moistened. Allow excess water to drip off before placing the planter back on its saucer.
After you repot the amaryllis, the final step is to bring it out of dormancy. Namely, you now need to place the pot in a bright and warm place. For the plant now begins the new phase of growth and for this period it ideally needs temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees. Make sure that the soil is always moderately moist.
Soon the flower stalk should appear. When this reaches a height of about 10 cm, you do not need to pay too much attention to the potting soil. From now on, it is enough to water the delphinium once a week.
How to continue caring for the amaryllis after flowering, you can read in this article .
Is it possible to propagate the delphinium?
Absolutely. If the care was sufficiently good, it is quite possible that the bulb will form offshoots. So, if you have noticed during your repotting start that the mother tuber has formed small daughter tubers, you can use them to propagate your amaryllis. However, you should not head over heels to repot the amaryllis offshoots, because the timing should be right for that.
We will soon explain how you can propagate the delphinium and exactly how to do it.