The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis Not Blooming

Question: I have a amaryllis plant that I bought this year. i have had it for about 2 months. When I bought it, it had already grown like 5 inches. Now it is about a foot and a half. There are 4 "leaves". When will if flower, or is it going to flower?

Answer: Often an amaryllis will flower early before the foliage is fully emerged. It is possible your plant flowered just before you bought it and the bloom stem had been removed at the base (as it should be). You should still be able to grow your plant and have it bloom next winter. Here are the basic directions:

Amaryllis can be kept alive and be brought back to
blossom the following year but this takes a little work. Once
the flowers fade, trim away the bloom stalk and allow the
foliage to grow. Bright, indirect
light is best. Keep the soil slightly moist and fertilize monthly
with a liquid fertilizer so the plant grows vigorously. In late
summer or early fall, the leaves should begin to turn yellow.
The yellowing
indicates the amaryllis needs a rest. If they do not begin to
yellow on their own, simply withhold water beginning in
September and force the plant into dormancy. Once the
leaves wither, cut the leaves back to
the neck of the bulb and store it, pot and all in a cool (55F),
dark place such as a garage or basement for about eight to
ten weeks without watering. Then finally, water lightly and
place it in a bright location. The bulbs should resprout and
bloom again. Repot every 3-4 years in the spring after
blooming. Enjoy!

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