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Jan 28, 2015 7:54 AM CST
I was given a amaryllis plant which is living under a lamp in my kitchen. It started out as a 2 inch bulb and didn't grow at all for a few weeks. I almost threw it away because it looked dead. I thought I would try one more thing before throwing it out... I peeled away the dead leaves from the top of the bulb and watered it a little more... It has grown 10 inches in 2 weeks! In fact when I went to bed last night the plant measured at 11 1/2 inches tall from top of the soil to top of leaf and this morning it measured 12 inches! 1/2 inch over night. First thing this morning I walked into the kitchen to find the leaves have toppled over... I'm new to this plant growing so I'm not sure what or how to care for the plant now... I just grabbed a couple of thin wooden picks and tied a ribbon around the leaves and picks very losly where I wouldn't damage the leaves... Wondering, if I did it right or if I should do something else?

I really want this plant to live. My friend who is battling cancer gave me the plant so it has sentimental value.
I appreciate any help you may give...
Name: Barbara
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Jan 28, 2015 9:20 AM CST


Welcome to the Amaryllis forum, You can support the leaves with a plant stake or tie them up loosely, so all can get light. It doesn't hurt the leaves to fall over, as long as the bulb isn't wobbly. Staking the leaves is done as much to support the bulb, until it is well rooted, as it is done to support the leaves. Are you using a "grow" light. If not, you might do better putting the plant on a windowsill where it get sunlight, as much as possible right now. Its hard to really know what's happening without a photo. Given the information you posted, the bulb is probably doing OK. Some bulbs bloom before they put up leaves. Some bulbs put up leaves before they bloom. Depends on the particular cultivar. There are some excellent "how to" articles on last week's ATP's Celebrating Amaryllis newsletter.
Name: tarev
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Jan 28, 2015 11:06 AM CST
Hello tracyloves! Welcome!

Agree with Barbara. Sometimes too, with the amaryllis, it may seem to flop the new leaves, but it is actually trying to redirect energy to push something new out, could be another new leaf, or maybe the start of a bloomstalk.. Once it is is done, that floppy leaf goes right back up. I also usually prepare for the bloomstalk, by having a long stake carefully stuck near the bulb, so when it starts growing taller, it is already in place and I will not worry hitting any new roots below. Then I would lightly tie the growing stalk in a leash, not too tight, as it will keep on moving as it seeks more light. You will have to help the plant by turning your containers, half turn.

Would love to see the photos of your growing bulb Smiling
Name: Margaret
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Jan 28, 2015 12:04 PM CST
Welcome! tracyloves, glad to see you here! Smiling

Bargbara and Tarif gave you good advice. I agree that a photo would be good so that we have a better idea of how it looks.

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