How to make sure your amaryllis blooms again

How to make sure your amaryllis blooms again

Try the traditional method of post-flowering care or simply keep the plant green and growing year-round

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s. I’m at a loss as to how to keep amaryllis bulbs in good enough condition to continue blooming every year. Is there more than one way to do this?

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a. Here’s the traditional method for post-bloom care and re-blooming of amaryllis. First, remove wilted flowers. Water regularly to keep the leaves growing. If possible, place the pot outside in filtered sun or light shade for the summer. Water it regularly and fertilize every two weeks with a solution mixed at half the label’s recommended strength.

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Stop watering the plant in late September and bring it indoors when temperatures begin to drop below 10 degrees overnight. The leaves will begin to dry. Remove once dry, then store the pot in a cool (10 to 14°C) and dark place for at least eight to 10 weeks.

After this “rest” period, or when the first growth spurs appear (whichever occurs first), bring the pot to room temperature, and replace the top layer of potting mix with fresh water and fresh water. Repotting is usually only necessary every two or three years.

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As growth appears, place the pot in bright, indirect light. To help keep the growing flower stem straight, rotate the pot a quarter turn clockwise, weekly.

Follicles. Small bulbs that appear next to the main bulb after the rest period can be separated and potted individually to grow, over several years, into flowering-sized bulbs. Small bulbs can also be left in place, and transplanted into a larger pot as needed.

Another option: keep the plant green and growing all year long. Over time and as balanced bulbs appear, the planting can become a mass of green leaves with an annual display of several flowering stems occasionally. Some people continue to grow amaryllis on a large scale for decades, occasionally trimming off discolored leaves and replanting the clump as needed. If you leave the bulbs in a green growth state throughout the year, they will return to their normal flowering period in late spring.

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