Amaryllis Not Blooming For 2nd Year - Knowledgebase Question

Huntington, IN
Question by jsnorth
October 19, 2004
My Amaryllis was beautiful until 2 years ago when it flowered, but had no foliage. Last year it grew foliage, but did not flower. This year, it's doing the same thing.....all foliage and no flower.

This is a gorgeous double-white and I'd like to get it back in synch. Is this possible and how do I do it?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Lynne Northrop




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Answer from NGA
October 19, 2004

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to feed them - but lightly.

By fall, the leaves should start to die back. Let them. Do not cut them off until they are yellow and quite ugly. (This is a good time to start returning them to their original dark hiding place.) Remove the leaves when they are completely shriveled. Then put the bulb and pot away and forget them.

Well - don't TOTALLY forget them. Give them a check every couple of weeks until you see signs of life. Do not water them. Let them stay in the dark. The bulb is resting, gathering energy. And when it has gathered enough it will signal you with emerging green growth.

And that's when you start the whole process again. Every year. If you have been faithful with your watering and feeding that bulb should reward you annually. Some may even surprise you by sending up a flower in mid-summer. And eventually they will produce small offset bulbs that you can detach and pot up. These baby bulbs won't be ready to bloom for about three years but hey - for all practical purposes they are free!

So that's all there is too it. A time in the dark, an hour in the spotlight and a summer of energy-gathering is all you need to keep that amaryllis going on and on and on.
to feed them - but lightly.

By fall, the leaves should start to die back. Let them. Do not cut them off until they are yellow and quite ugly. (This is a good time to start returning them to their original dark hiding place.) Remove the leaves when they are completely shriveled. Then put the bulb and pot away and forget them.

Well - don't TOTALLY forget them. Give them a check every couple of weeks until you see signs of life. Do not water them. Let them stay in the dark. The bulb is resting, gathering energy. And when it has gathered enough it will signal you with emerging green growth.

And that's when you start the whole process again. Every year. If you have been faithful with your watering and feeding that bulb should reward you annually. Some may even surprise you by sending up a flower in mid-summer. And eventually they will produce small offset bulbs that you can detach and pot up. These baby bulbs won't be ready to bloom for about three years but hey - for all practical purposes they are free!

So that's all there is too it. A time in the dark, an hour in the spotlight and a summer of energy-gathering is all you need to keep that amaryllis going on and on and on.

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