Amaryllis Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by meschiffer
January 27, 2000
I just purchased a discounted amaryllis bulb, (a two dollar gamble ... I don't play the lottery much either ... !)
anyways, it has the 2" top of a bloom peeking out of some 15" leaves.
My neighbor suggested that I hatchet off the leaves to give more strength to the bloom, and if I don't, I may end up with another (ick) long-leafed foliage project in my less than roomy apartment.
I like the idea, but what do you professionals think?!!

Answer from NGA
January 27, 2000
The leaves are absolutely necessary for the bulb to build up its strength to bloom again next year, so I wouldn't suggest cutting them off. The bloom stem may go ahead and elongate naturally so that the flowers show above the foliage. I think I would be patient and see what happens. Instructions for keeping an amaryllis from year to year are available through the Q&A section.

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