The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis

Question: We have an Amaryllis bulb that I took out of storage at Thanksgiving, potted it, and it grew wonderful leaves - no flowers this year. How come it bloomed for years and now stopped?

Answer: Doesn't sound as though yours got the exact treatment it requires. Here's the story on Amaryllis; the bulbs grow best in bright light at temperatures of 60F to 70F. Plant so only one-half of the bulb is buried in the soil. 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 and bring it into a brightly lit room. Begin watering again and a new flower stalk and new leaves will emerge from the bulb. When the weather warms in the spring, take it outdoors again to repeat the process.<br><br>Try the above treatment. If you still get no bloom, it might be time to toss the bulb and start all over with a new one.

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