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Question: my amaryllis are sprouting and have a bloom stalk but is pale green and I am not sure there is a bloom in it. It has been dormant for only 2 weeks. I had it inside under grow lights before I put it in the dark. Should I cut it back or bring it out in the light

Answer: Your amaryllis is a little confused and is not behaving the way we expect it to, but since it is growing, it's time to take it out of the dark and place it in the light. In general, Amaryllis needs bright light and temperatures of 60F - 70F. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. After flowering cut off the stalk but allow the leaves to remain. 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 bright 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 or keep it inside under fluorsecent lights so it will repeat the process.

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