The Q&A Archives: Why hasn't my bulb flowered?

Question: Greetings~
I planted my Apple Blossom Amaryllis Bulb the last saturday in march or thr first saturday in april, I have five leaeves alomost 2 ft long and no flowering. It is a kit that comes with the soil pot and bulb. The leaves are long and health I changed to a larger pot about 2 weeks ago.

Answer: I think your amaryllis is right on schedule. Amaryllis usually are forced to bloom in the winter time, then are allowed to grow their foliage all spring and summer, then are rested in the fall. In order to bloom again, they need a good growth period so the foliage can build the bulb's strength. Then the dormant period allows it to rest. Repotting and bringing into active growth again triggers blooming. If the foliage does not grow healthily enough or if the bulb is too immature, it will not bloom. Allow your plant to grow at its own pace, knowing that the foliage is replenishing the stored energy used up by the bulb. This fall, stop watering and allow it to die back. Cut off the foliage after it has fully browned. Store it dry at about 55 degrees for about two months. Then bring it into the light and water once to start it back into growth. Once it is growing, water enough to keep the soil slightly damp and fertilize regularly with a good quality water soluble fertilizer such as 10-10-10 plus minors. After the above treatment it should send up a flowering stalk. Amaryllis likes to be crowded and can be kept in a relatively small pot. Repot only if truly necessary and use a good quality container mix. When you repot, set the bulb quite high in the soil -- leave the top third of the bulb exposed. I hope this information helps.

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