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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Dec 3, 2015 5:15 PM CST
After my older bulbs bloomed last year most of them got quite a bit smaller in size, which is normal, but they didn't regain any size by the end of their growing season. Any ideas what caused this, was it because I didn't fertilize them enough, they had sun for several hours a day for most of the summer. Several have grown bulbletts which I will remove and plant separately at the end of this growing season..
Name: Barbara
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bsharf
Dec 6, 2015 5:14 AM CST

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They may have put their energy into the bulblets instead of plumping up. The question is whether or not they produced buds for this year.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Dec 6, 2015 10:16 AM CST
So far 5 out of the dozen that I have are sending up buds, the others are still resting in the dark, so I guess that's pretty good, but I doubt the blooms will be as large with the smaller size bulb.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 10, 2016 6:26 PM CST
I think I have figured out why my Amaryllis bulbs were all smaller this year. It dawned on me the other day that last spring we had UV film put on our windows, I was told it wouldn't bother the plants, well I think they were wrong when it comes to the Amaryllis. All but 2 have bloom stalks, but only 1 per plant, Red Lion is just opening and the bloom is quite small compared to previous years. I think I will have to put them outside for the summer to see if that will help.
Name: Barbara
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Mar 11, 2016 4:57 AM CST

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It would be interesting to learn if the UV film did affect the bulbs, since the film is deleting a range of wavelengths reaching the leaves. Maybe you will need to put at least some of them outside this summer to see if those do get bigger.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 11, 2016 10:15 AM CST
Barbara, I am convinced that that is the reason, they still gets lots of light with bright afternoon sun in the SW facing bay window. I kept wondering why they all shrunk in size since they are mostly different years, the oldest being 2012 and this had not happened in the past, the bulbs usually got larger or at least had off sets.We had it done because it got so hot in the summertime in the front of the house with many SW windows.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 11, 2016 10:27 AM CST
I thought they naturally do that, bulb size getting smaller eventually, especially if not planted in ground where they have better growing space and foliage development that helps return the needed stuff back to the bulb?
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mcash70
Mar 11, 2016 10:34 AM CST
Tarev, I kept them well fertilized, and the thing is, they never shrunk until that film was put on the windows. Once they finish blooming I am gong to repot all of them, separate the babies.
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tarev
Mar 11, 2016 10:46 AM CST
Sometimes I think they just go on a cycle. A couple of years okay, then rest and may look smaller till it builds up again. I am still learning with these bulbs.

I hope they grow better once you put them outside to enjoy the summer sun. At least your summer conditions are way better than our thermal dry heat here by then!

Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Mar 11, 2016 11:36 AM CST
I hope they do better too, I will have to watch for frost in mid August, that's the downside of living at this altitude, short summers, cool nights, with early frosts.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 11, 2016 11:39 AM CST
So funny on our side, we get the very long dry summer, but it gets way too hot, that the plant will just sleep it off once we are in the middle of it, and wait for Fall.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 11, 2016 11:46 AM CST
It can be hot and dry during July and the first 2 weeks of August, then we start to get some rain.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 11, 2016 11:48 AM CST
Oh they love the rains by then! We get no rain at all usually from April to Nov.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 11, 2016 1:14 PM CST
That sure is a long dry spell!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 11, 2016 1:26 PM CST
Yup, survival of the fittest here when summer comes, thankful it is raining now, but we still are in drought.

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