The Q&A Archives: Care Of Amaryllis Plant

Question: Could you please advise me on the care of the Amaryllis plant?

Answer: 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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