Amaryllis Bulbous Tips After Blooming - Knowledgebase Question

Saint Louis, MO
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Question by mikkio
February 12, 2000
Our amaryllis are almost finished blooming. Some of the stem ends have form bulbous nodules. The flowers on these stems are drying out but the stem and bulbous part are still green and thriving. Is this normal for the plant and what is it?

Answer from NGA
February 12, 2000
The plant is setting seed! It's a good idea to deadhead the individual fading blooms by snapping them off (including that bulbous bit). When all of the blooms have faded, remove the entire bloom stem by cutting it off at the base. This allows the plant to direct its energy to rebuilding the bulb for next year's blooms rather than developing seed.

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