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Sep 5, 2016 11:08 PM CST
Hi there,
I planted an Ameryllis bulb over a year ago. It never flowered, but the leaves grew... And grew... And grew some more. It now has eight leaves, each over a foot long, the two in the middle probably close to two feet. None have died or turned yellow. I'm just wondering, will my plant ever flower if I leave it as is and let it continue to grow? What would you recommend?

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Name: Elaine
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Sep 6, 2016 6:22 AM CST
Welcome to . My goodness, that's a nice big Amaryllis. It should certainly bloom next year.

If you could let us know your location, it would help to answer this question because IF you are living on an "island in the sun" you can just put it outside and let it do it's thing.

Here in Florida, (and in much of the South) Amaryllis are our spring flowering bulbs in the garden. They keep their leaves all year round, and flower faithfully for a few weeks in the springtime. Btw, they grow in full sun here, so perhaps yours would benefit from more light? It's a very dark green which sometimes indicates it needs more. On the windowsill rather than in between the windows, maybe?

If you're keeping it indoors, then through the winter's cool weather and low light, let it cool off at nights and ease back on watering it - maybe just a little every couple of weeks. Then when it starts pushing out some new leaves in the middle, pick up watering it fairly generously. I give mine about a teaspoonful of timed-release fertilizer after the blooms are done and I've cut off the bloom stem.

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Name: Carol
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Sep 6, 2016 3:40 PM CST
I would say more light! I know mine on the north side of the house are always weeks behind those on the south side, and the stalks are weaker. They do grow in full sun here.
Name: Rick Moses
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Sep 6, 2016 5:25 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Definitely needs more light.

Here's a link to the National Arboretum information page on amaryllis.
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