The Q&A Archives: Repotting a seemingly Rootbound Amaryllis

Question: I have an amaryllis that was given to me Christmas last year(6 months ago) in one of those wonderful bulb/soil/pot all in one box ready-to-plant packages. my question is I haven't added any soil to it other than what came with it and it seems to be getting root-bound (the soil is only about 3 or 4 inches deep)and I can see roots on the underside ) I don't want to plant it outside, and I also would very much like to see it bloom again. Incidently I have it in its original pot and I have that pot sitting in another pot with water (I have a habit of forgetting to water my plants inside and out) is it ok sitting in those pots like that? Any advice would be much appreciatted

Answer: Your amaryllis will only produce one flush of flowering stems per year. The stems should be cut down when the flowers fade, but the foliage should remain until it withers and dies back on its own. You can repot your bulb in a slightly larger pot, in fresh potting soil. Take it out of the pot with water - too much water will rot the roots. Your amaryllis will go into dormancy soon and the soil should be kept dry during that period of time. Here are some general guidelines for coaxing the bulbs to bloom again next year: Amaryllis bulbs grow best in bright light at temperatures of 60 to 70F. Place bulbs in soil so that the top half of the bulb is exposed. The flower stalk will emerge first, followed by two or more leaves. After flowering, cut off the stalk but allow the leaves to remain. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. In the spring place the pot outdoors in a shady place. In late summer, when the leaves turn yellow and die, stop watering, bring the plant indoors, and allow it to rest in a cool, dry place for about three months. Around the first of December, repot the bulb in fresh soil and place it in a bright room. Begin watering again and a new flower stalk and new leaves will emerge from the bulbs, beginning the process anew. Hope this information helps you keep your Amaryllis blooming for many years!

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