The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis Leaves

Question: I just purchased a discounted amaryllis bulb, (a two dollar gamble ... I don't play the lottery much either ... !)
anyways, it has the 2" top of a bloom peeking out of some 15" leaves.
My neighbor suggested that I hatchet off the leaves to give more strength to the bloom, and if I don't, I may end up with another (ick) long-leafed foliage project in my less than roomy apartment.
I like the idea, but what do you professionals think?!!

Answer: The leaves are absolutely necessary for the bulb to build up its strength to bloom again next year, so I wouldn't suggest cutting them off. The bloom stem may go ahead and elongate naturally so that the flowers show above the foliage. I think I would be patient and see what happens. Instructions for keeping an amaryllis from year to year are available through the Q&A section.

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