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GRACELAND

Amaryllis Bulbs is it poss to keep for next year and get flowers ?

I have tried two years running now the bulb is ok and it produces leaves .

But no flowers ?

I love the plant and even have just bought a new one  just starting to grow 

Any tips Please ?

Emma Crawforth

Dear Graceland,

It is possible to get amaryllis bulbs to rebloom. In the commercial world I understand they recommend this:

After flowering cut off the flower, and when the stem droops, cut it right back to the top of the bulb.

Water and fertilise your bulb and leaves for six months, in order to keep the plant healthy.

When the leaves go yellow, cut them back and take the bulb out of the soil. Keep the clean bulb somewhere cool at 4C - 5C for at least six weeks.

Plant the bulb up again eight weeks before you want it to flower.

This is all quite complex and I haven't tried it myself so I don't know how well it works. However my dad has some amaryllis that are years old. Most years they only produce leaves and he adds some very realistic flowers that he found in a charity shop!

Emma.

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GRACELAND

Thank you i will keep trying there lovely plants 

Thanks

Has anyone tried this explanation from Emma Crawforth and was it successful.  My Amaryllis has just collapsed today after have very healthy and showy green leaves since it finished flowering in March time.  What do I do with it now - do I cut the leaves down and following Emmas instructions?

Pictures showing how it looked in January/February and today.

I stop watering mine and ignore them , then remove dead foliage , and start watering about 6 weeks before I want flowers , I leave it in the pot , maybe scrape off some of the old compost and add new

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Do you keep yours in the dark or shade arneil, or hot or cool temperature? I was going to repot it before it's demise here, as the roots are pushing out through the bottom of the pot now.

To be honest I just ignore them , don't repot till starting them off ,let them dry out in the pot in a cool place , my house isn't very warm !

O.K. thanks for imparting that information to me arneil - I will do my best for it - you can see what lovely flowers we had last winter - hoping for the same again.

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