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Hippeastrum - Transplanting And Treating Rotten Bulbs

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Hello, dear gardeners, vegetable gardeners and flower growers! Today we will talk with you about hippeastrum.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Candidate of Agricultural Sciences Nikolai Fursov

Hippeastrum - a huge family, huge, somewhere around 80 species are included in it. A huge number of not only species, but also varieties, of course, because what only there is no flower coloring. And bard, and red, and orange, and scarlet, and white, and pink, crimson, and striped, almost even in the cell just no.

You bought this plant, for example, not in a separate package, and already planted. You bring it home and find the following situation, which happens very often. Look, you started a flower, or want to transfer it to another container, and found that the root system is missing. This plant, you see, yes?"

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Signs of rotting roots and bulb hippeastrum

Just overwatered. Stores are overwatering this plant, which should never be done. How can this plant be helped? Well, first of all, we must necessarily, must necessarily remove these crown scales, which, you see, yes, they are even rotted, just rotted. So we must carefully remove them down to the good scales. You see, right? The good scales have already appeared. This is how to prepare for planting.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Clean the rotting covering scales on the hippeastrum bulb
Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Clean the rotting hippeastrum bulb to good scales

Let it dry out a bit after we look at the bottom and decide what is happening to the bottom. Well, the bottom, in my opinion, hasn't rotted out completely after all, which means it could still, still be able to give new roots. So, you and I clean up these old roots. By the way, on those bulbs that are sold in stores in a dry state, we also have to do this - remove all the old roots. You see, here the tissues are good, healthy, sturdy, light-colored. So it's okay, there will be some roots. For now, the flower stalk will feed on the sap of the bulb itself. When it comes to flowering, the stubs will form.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Clean the rotten roots on the bottom of the bulb
Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Clean the root rot on the bulb to a healthy tissue

Thereby the bulb will start to develop properly in the future. So, here we have cleaned the bulb with you. Now let's take the pot. Well, in general, in principle, in such a pot to keep a gorgeous flower, which will please you a month of his flowering, well, just a sin. So, even buying a plant, transplant it into a pot bigger, a little bit bigger. So, let's take a pot of this size.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Start transplanting hippeastrum

Bespecially, necessarily, like all bulbs, here should be poured... Bulbs do not like overwatering the soil, so at the bottom of the pot we must necessarily pour drainage material. Well, let's say, let's take expanded clay. About 3cm of expanded clay is enough. Further, for expanded clay to play its role, we must separate it from the ground. Take at least this cloth of non-woven material and put. Or a little more could be taken and put on the drainage layer.

Then we pour a little bit of fertile, breathable soil - here such, you see, what a good soil. It should not be too greasy, in any case. Now sold a variety of soils. Including, even special soil for hippeastrums and amaryllis, as they are close relatives. If hippeastrums come from South America and Central America, then amaryllis are aliens from South Africa. There is little difference in external features, but they treat temperature differently. So we poured the soil.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
In the bottom of the pot we poured claydite
Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
We put a separation layer of non-woven material
Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Soil

Try the bulb, as it will look at us. We need to cover the bulb with this new soil, about half of its height, half of its height. We try it on, put a little more soil on it, and you can basically plant it. But because it has been injured, we must treat it with a rooting agent. You can just sprinkle it like this. Sprinkle it on the bottom like this. Like this. This could have been done before, before we tried it on.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Treating the bottom of the hippeastrum bulb with root former

We'll put it, we'll put it in the center. According to the rules, there should be a distance of about 2 fingers between the center of the pot and the bulb. Here, look, do you see? That's how it is. This is the ideal position of the plant in the pot. It has enough food and air.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Hippeastrum bulb is placed at a distance of two fingers from the edges of the pot

And now you just need to cover it gently, like this. The soil must be loose, with a lot of sand. You see, there is perlite in this soil. It does not accumulate a lot of moisture, but it is good air permeable and even gets rid of excess moisture. That's how we poured the soil. Now properly compacted, properly compacted. The bulb, too, pressed it properly, so that there was a contact of soil with the bottom. Well, that's it, I guess. All that's left is a handful of soil. Like this. All, the bulb is planted.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Proposed bulb hippeastrum fill with earth on the half height, press the soil, fixing the bulb

Now it remains only to water it. We water very carefully, preferably like this on the wall water pours, not on the bulb. That's it.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Watering the transplanted hippeastrum

After abundant watering, after removing water from the tray, you can cover the surface of the soil, so it was beautiful. You can use some decorative pebbles, you can use shells. I, for example, like to use sphagnum moss. Look how beautiful it is. You don't have to water because the moss retains moisture. And look, just extraordinary beauty.

Hippeastrum - transplanting and treating rotten bulbs
Laying on top of sphagnum moss

Dear ones, grow these flowers in your home and I think they will decorate it for many, many decades.

Nikolai Fursov. Candidate of Agricultural Sciences