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What do I do with my amaryllis once its flowered?
Cut the old flowers from the stem after flowering, and when the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb. Leaf Growth and Development. Continue to water and fertilize as normal all summer, or for at least 5-6 months, allowing the leaves to fully develop and grow.
How many times can an amaryllis bloom?
One grower claims his bulb has bloomed every year for 75 years! How often does an amaryllis bloom? The plant generally blooms once a year. There may be several flower stalks that bloom in succession, so the show may last for many weeks.
Why does my amaryllis only have leaves?
Amaryllis grows leaves but no flowers if you try to get the plant to rebloom too quickly. The bulb needs time to store up nutrients, followed by an essential dormant period. ... During this time your amaryllis has no flowers, just leaves. Only then should you stop watering and let the bulb dry out.
Do amaryllis bulbs flower every year?
Hippeastrum bulbs are popular gifts at Christmas. They are often commonly, but incorrectly, known as amaryllis. By following a few easy tips, these showy, beautiful flowers will bloom year after year for you.
How often should amaryllis be watered?
Water the amaryllis about once weekly to moisten the top 6 inches of soil.
How do you save amaryllis bulbs next year?
To store the bare bulb, carefully lift the bulb out of the soil and brush off the soil. Store the bulb in a paper bag or a box with peat, sawdust or perlite. Allow the pot, or the bulb to remain in that cool place — without watering for at least six weeks, usually 8 to 10 weeks.
How long does an amaryllis flower last?
How do you keep amaryllis bulbs after they bloom?
Dig your bulb up and store it in a cool, dry, dark place (like a basement) for anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks. Amaryllis bulbs in winter go dormant, so it won't need any water or attention. When you want to plant your bulb, place it in a pot not much bigger than the bulb, with its shoulders above the soil.
Can you split an amaryllis bulb?
While forced Hippeastrums bloom anytime from Christmas to late winter, outdoors the flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Over time the bulbs will naturalize and while they prefer to be root bound, you can dig and split them to generate more bulbs. Dig the bulbs in late fall when the leaves begin to fade.
How do I get more amaryllis bulbs?
Plant the young bulbs in smaller pots, perhaps 4 inch (10 cm) ones. Later, when they begin to fill their pot, you can repot them into larger ones. Some amaryllis grow quickly and their babies will begin to bloom the second year after you divide them. Others take more time: 3, 4 or even 5 years.
Can you transplant amaryllis while blooming?
Unlike similar holiday plants, you don't need to toss your amaryllis after it blooms. You can keep it and let it re-bloom next year. The post-bloom time may seem like the right time to repot it, but it's not. If you want to get blooms next year, keep it in the same pot and keep it lightly watered and fertilized.
Will bulbs multiply?
Bulbs will not multiply if they are dug up and stored for the next year, as gardeners often do with tulips. Leave them in the ground instead. The exception to that rule is when you want to divide the bulbs, which grow in clusters around a parent bulb.
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