The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis

Question: After my amaryllis was dormant, I started to water and feed it. Now, two months later, all I have is green leaves and no<br>flower head. What should I do to encourage it to flower?<br>I have three such pots, and they all look the same.

Answer: It is good to know that Belgian and Dutch amaryllis will often produce flowers the first year and fail the second, especially if they are purchased pre-potted. This is because they are often sold in small pots in a potting mix that doesn't provide adequate nutrients. However, if you care for them properly they should bloom the third and successive years.<br><br>I would nurture the plant along, letting the leaves grow so they can build up strength in the bulb. Be sure to fertilize every two weeks with a balanced (10-10-10) liquid fertilizer. If the plants are growing in small pots, you might transplant them to larger pots (6-10") with more soil. <br><br>In summer put them outdoors in a semishaded area. Don't let them dry out and keep them fed. I usually sink the pots right into the soil. This way they will stay moist better. Once the plants die back, begin the cycle again and hopefully you'll have blooms next year.<br>

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