The Q&A Archives: What to do with an Amarylis bulb after it has finished blooming

Question: I have enjoyed a marvelous Amarylis plant. It produced two stalks with a total of 7 blossoms. I would like to save it and have it bloom again next year. How do I cut it back and dry it?

Answer: Keep your amaryllis growing strongly all summer and into fall like a normal houseplant, giving it water and fertilizer according to the label instructions, or you can also plant it outside in the garden. This growth period allows the leaves to replenish the bulb for the next bloom period. In fall, allow the plant to dry out and let the leaves shrivel naturally. When dry, remove them. (Remove the bloom stalks at the base as soon as the flowers fade.) Keep it in a cool dry spot for a "rest" of 8 to 10 weeks. Then bring it out into bright light, water it once and wait for it to grow again. At first, water very lightly to avoid rotting the bulb, once it is in full growth water normally again. Enjoy!

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