Caring for Amaryllis After They Bloom

Don’t throw away your amaryllis bulb after it finishes blooming.  You can get it to re-bloom!  With good care most amaryllis bulbs will bloom each winter for years. Here is how:

  1. When bloom are finished,  snip off flower stalk about 1/2 inch from bulb. Don’t cut off
  2.  Place your plant in a sunny location.
  3.  Keep watering your plant so the soil stays lightly moist but not soggy.
  4.  Fertilize with a house plant fertilizer according to directions.
  5.  In early autumn cut off all the foliage about 1 to 2 inches,  from the top of the bulb and place the bulbs in a dry, dark place such as basement or back of closet.
  6.  Completely stop watering and let your amaryllis sleep for 10 – 12 weeks.
  7.  Then start the growing cycle over.
  8.  Replace the soil with fresh mix, remove any dead leaves and then replant, leaving the bulb shoulders exposed.
  9.  Place your bulbs in bright light and give one good drink of water.
  10.  When the first leaves or bud appear begin watering regularly keeping the soil slightly moist.

Authored by Joy Cullen

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