Amaryllis Leaves Dying - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Garden Friend
Monongahela, PA
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Question by dancingcows
December 20, 1999
I bought a amarylllis plant a couple of weeks ago and it was doing well and growing until a couple of days ago when one of it's leaves turned yellow and then died. Now the rest of them are doing it. What am I doing wrong? I know I'm not over watering it. It only has about 3 leaves on it and is about 8 weeks old.

Answer from NGA
December 20, 1999
Usually the foliage yellows when the bulb is going into dormancy due to water being withheld, so perhaps you are not watering it enough? The soil should be moist like a wrung out sponge, not sopping wet but not dusty dry, either. Usually the plant will be started as a bare bulb, send up a bloom stem and some foliage, then be grown as a foliage plant until the following fall when it is set into dormancy. Finally it is brought back into active growth after an 8 to 10 week "rest". Based on your description I am not sure which stage of growth your bulb is in, so it's a bit tough to make a definite guess. Another possibility is that your plant is "off schedule" somehow.

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