The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis

Question: I have a new amaryllis bulb (peppermint colored). It started to shoot two stalks, one is about 8-10 inches, the other is just barely exposed. But both have stopped growing. Why? In the past, I have had others and have it in the same place and they flowered beautifully.

Answer: We'll have to assume the bulb was given the proper care before you got it, and that's it's healthy enough to actually produce flowers. Your amaryllis might just be resting, in which case it will resume growing as soon as it's ready. Here are some general guidelines for growing amaryllis: These bulbs grow best in bright light at temperatues of 60F to 70F. Plant so only one half of the bulb is buried in the soil. The flower stalk will emerge first, followed by two or more leaves. After flowering cut off the stalk, but allow the leaves to remain. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. In the spring place the pot outdoors in a shady place. In late summer, when the leaves turn yellow and die, stop watering, bring the plant indoors and allow it to rest in a cool, dry place for about three months. Around the first of December repot and bring it into a bright room. Begin watering again and a new flower stalk and new leaves will emerge from the b;lb. When the weather warms in the spring, take it outdoors again to repeat the process. Hope the above information helps!

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