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Getting Your Amaryllis To Rebloom Year After Year After Year

By vbprog
January 22, 2015

What should you do with your new amaryllis now that the blooms are fading and the leaves are drooping? Here are some steps you can take that will keep the bulb coming up year after year.

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Name: Jo-Ann
Zone 9a, New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member
Jan 24, 2015 6:26 AM CST
For the past 15 years, since I moved into this house, I get a couple of indoor blooming amaryllis each year for Christmas. And every year, after they've bloomed and the weather warms up some, I plant them in an island bed in my front yard. I've even gone so far as to mail order a few bulbs of the more exotic types that you don't see in stores.

Now, I have a bed full of amaryllis! It's a wonderful sight to see them in bloom. Depending on the variety, they bloom from springtime to early fall. And they've multiplied like crazy! This year, I really need to rework that entire bed, dividing the bulbs.
Jo-Ann - Gardening in New Orleans
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Jan 24, 2015 9:39 AM CST
We want to see pictures of your bed when they bloom! Please?

Jan 31, 2015 7:00 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Do you use special soil for them in your "amaryllis bed?" In your zone, do you plant them beneath the soil line? Given there are so many varieties of amaryllis now, do you have a favorite amaryllis?

"Papilio" is my favorite, if I had to pick a favorite! I grow quite a variety. While blooming, any of them can become favorites.
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Name: Jo-Ann
Zone 9a, New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member
Jan 31, 2015 8:35 PM CST
My "Amaryllis Bed" is really a bed of all sorts of mixed bulbs. I've got a lot of the smaller crinums, spider lilies, naked ladies, even a few amorphophallus bulbs in it. This patch was grass a few years ago. I cleared all the grass and added a lot of compost. I mulch heavily with organic mulches, mostly leaves. Throw a little 10-10-10 in once a year & that's it. if we don't have any rain for a couple of weeks, I may water if it's in the middle of summer and really hot. Mostly I just heave the bed alone, except for weeding. The amaryllis are usually planted after the flower stalk has died down, but there are still green leaves. I just plant them at the same level as they were growing, usually with the neck at ground level. I may sprinkle a little fertilizer if I have any on hand. The bed is in full sun, so that helps a lot.

A few years ago, I went crazy over all the cybister amaryllis, including papilio. I really love Chico and La Paz. My biggest problem with these is that, being so close to the sidewalk, the flowers tend to get picked by passerbys.

I do have a few bare spots in the bed, so twice a year I fill those spots in with annuals. Right now, I have pansies for the winter & early spring. I'm looking for a different annual for this summer/fall. Something low growing, can take the hot, humid New Orleans summers, and preferably in the pink/purple color family.
Jo-Ann - Gardening in New Orleans

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