Amaryllis Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Fort Collins, CO
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Question by jlesquier
March 7, 1999
What are the green 3 lobed things at the top of my amaryllis that grew after it bloomed?

Answer from NGA
March 7, 1999
Your Amaryllis has developed seed heads. If there was insect activity in and around the flower when it was open, the pods may contain viable seeds. Otherwise, the seeds will not have formed properly. It's not a good idea to allow the flower and stem to remain after the petals have fallen (unless you specifically want seeds to develop) because developing seeds saps the strength of the bulb and may result in no flower the following year. Cut the old stem down, but leave the foliage until the leaves yellow and wither on their own. Then withhold water and allow the bulb to rest in a cool, airy location for about three months. In December pot the bulb in new soil, begin watering and a new flower and stem will appear, followed by new leaves.

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