The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis

Question: I am doing a project on the Amaryllis flower for my Biology class. In order to do the project, I bought myself an Amaryllis that looks as if it will be flowering soon. I was wondering if you could tell me how to take care of these this plant, and if you knew where most Amaryllis' are grown. Thank you.

Answer: Amaryllis are native to South Africa. An amaryllis needs to be watered regularly. Turn the pot regularly to encourage the stalk to grow straight up, they have a tendency to grow toward the light. Bright, indirect light is best. If you like, use a liquid fertilizer to feed your plant. Amaryllis can be kept alive and be brought back to blossom the following year but this takes a little work. After the bloom fades, keep the soil moist and fertilize monthly until leaves turn yellow in late summer. The yellowing indicates the amaryllis needs a rest. Cut the leaves back to the neck of the bulbs and store pot and all in a cool (55F), dark, garage or basement. Store them until December or January without watering (or store until bulb shows signs of growth). Replace old soil with fresh soil, and the cycle begins again! Repot every 3-4 years. Enjoy!

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