The Q&A Archives: Amarillas

Question: I have an amarrila plant for about 3 years. it only bloomed once but only leaves come out but no flowers now. what can i do?

Answer: It is not too difficult to rebloom amaryllis; in my experience the secret is to keep the plant in very active growth from the time it blooms until you force it to take a "rest" and then bring it out of dormancy to bloom again. It is important that the plant make enough foliage each summer to rebuild enough strength to bloom the following winter and it is important to give it a resting period.

Ideally, you will be growing your amaryllis on an annual cycle. To start the cycle in late fall, (as you did when you first had it) you would water it lightly and set it in a cool bright location until it begins to grow. Once it begins to grow, turn it regularly to keep it growing straight and continue to water it lightly. After it blooms and the flowers fade, remove the bloom stem at the base being careful not to damage any leaves. Keep it in a very sunny location. Continue to water the plant and feed it occasionally with a water soluble fertilizer according to the label instructions. The leaves will grow and refuel the bulb so it can bloom again. Next fall the bulb will need a rest period, so withhold water until the leaves yellow, then set the pot bulb and all in a cool location (about forty five or fifty degrees) for eight to ten weeks. When the leaves shrivel, remove them. Finally, bring the pot into a warmer bright location, water lightly and begin the cycle again. Enjoy!

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