How to Divide Amaryllis Bulbs

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After amaryllis bulbs multiply, it's important to avoid dividing the mother plants from the baby plants until the baby plants are as big as the mothers. Learn about twisting as a way to separate bulbs with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on dividing amaryllis bulbs.

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Hi! This is Yolanda Vanveen from And in this segment we're going to talk about how to divide amaryllis bulbs. Now, if you've grown any type of amaryllis or any type of bulbs, you know over the years they do multiply and where you started with one plant over the years you'll have many plants. So an easy rule of thumb that I have found is don't divide your mother plants from the baby plants until the baby plants are as big as the mamas. Here I'll show you. So these amaryllis have completely divided and I had one and I've got one, two, three, four, five. And as you can see the babies are as big as the mamas so they're ready to go out on their own. So my rule of thumb is if there's a tiny baby connected to a mama, leave it with the mama. Don't separate it yet. And so the easiest thing is just to pull away all the roots and cut the roots away and all the little pieces are like little cloves, they will grow again. And you can just pull 'em away from each other, you can twist them. Twisting is a good way to separate bulbs 'cos that they really don't they keep the roots that way. If they're really really connected and you can't separate 'em then just take in a scissors and kind of pry 'em, a screwdriver works really well even electrical drill and the you just divide them out. You want to try to keep as much root with it as possible, too. But even if you don't have roots you can still separate them. If they're smaller bulbs a lot of times I like to leave them together because one bulbs might take seven years to do much whereas two, three small bulbs together in seven years we're going to have a huge plant and they like to be in groups or social. And as soon as you divide them back out either put 'em back into a container by themselves or give them away to friends but it's really easy to separate amaryllis bulbs.


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