At the end of the 2022 holiday season, friends talked about cutting the spent Amaryllis bloom, removing the bulb from the soil and storing in a paper bag in the garage or a closet.
The "what if" side of the brain kicked in. I decided to try the same process with the waxed Amaryllis bulb I had been gifted. After blooming, the waxed bulb was put in a paper bag and stored in the garage. On the first of November I brought the bulb in. Then the question was "now what"? I found the answer in a fact sheet from the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension from January 10, 2022.
The process starts with carefully removing the wax. Try to leave as much brown covering on the bulb as possible. The wax removal on the base can be a little delicate. My bulb had actually started growing roots along the base so I was extremely careful not to damage the area where I could see growth.
every few days. After one-week, white roots are starting to appear. When 4 or 5 roots are approximately 3 inches long, I'll transplant to container with potting soil. The soil level should be just slightly below the top of the rounded part of the bulb.
The magic machine knows everything. I was hoping to find a research-based educational source. What is available are blogs, some with more involved details than others.
The basic process is to soak the bulb in water for 4 to 6 hours, soak should only cover half the bulb.
Dry for approximately 2 hours.