Planting your bulb
You may grow your bulb in a small pot about 4-5 inches (10-13 cm) wide and tall. The pot needs drainage holes.
Use a well-draining soil mix, such as 3 parts potting soil to 2 parts perlite or coarse sand. Or you may use equal parts of coir fiber and perlite, with some slow-release fertilizer mixed in. Do not add lime to the mix.
Bury the bulb about 1 inch (3 cm) deep. Add just enough water until the soil is evenly moist. Do not fully saturate the soil.
Until the bulb sprouts, try to keep it between 65 and 80 degrees F (18-27°C) both day and night. Ensure that the soil doesn't dry out, but also don't keep it soggy.
It may take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months to sprout. Once it sprouts, give it bright light, but shade it from strong sun. In the wild, it grows under dense forest cover, so it is happiest in bright shade.
Once it sprouts, optimal temperatures are between 65 and 90 degrees F (15-33 degrees C). It needs protection from frost. Over about 40-45% humidity is best.
Feed about every 3 months with a general-purpose fertilizer or bulb fertilizer.
The bulb may occasionally go dormant or semi-dormant, and if it does, reduce the watering and keep the soil lightly moist for 2-3 months.
Pests to watch for -- Mealybugs may colonize the bulb or the leaves. Look for cottony growth where the leaves emerge from the ground, which signals mealybugs on the bulb. To control them, try using an insecticidal soap soil drench.
Have fun growing it!
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