Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: Light needs and Fertilizer

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Name: Rick
Vancouver Island, Canada (Zone 8a)
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Nov 21, 2014 9:31 AM CST
I have had the Amaryllis before, but always started.
I have purchased and potted up a 'Papilio' Amaryllis in the last week.
How much sunlight will it require to give good growth and strong stem
to support blooms?
Do they require full sun or is indirect light fine?
Sine planting, I have only watered and is in a free draining mix.
Growth of 2"-3" since planting.
Thank you,
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Nov 21, 2014 10:34 AM CST
A nice south facing window would be nice.., west/east facing also okay. North facing window a bit too weak. The more light you can give the better. Those bloom stalks will follow where the sun is. So I have to do quarter turns of my container, so it does not go too lopsided, and I also have my stake in the container, that way less chance of hitting roots as it will eventually be very top heavy when the blooms are out.

I also do the same, water at the beginning. Then I just wait for more leaf growth, for sure it has started new roots by then. I find amaryllis loves water when those roots are out, but making sure not to wet the crown, keeping media moderately moist. I do my fertilizing after the blooms are gone.

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