The Q&A Archives: Amaryllis

Question: I just received amaryllis bulbs (no leaves or green part). How should I treat them now? Thank you.

Answer: Your amaryllis is dormant right now but it will be ready to sprout soon. They are best grown in containers so you can take them indoors over the winter months so they can rest. 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 bright room. Begin watering again and a new flower stalk and new leaves will emerge from the bulbs. When the weather warms in the spring, take it outdoors again to repeat the process. Hope this information helps you keep your Amaryllis blooming for several years!

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