AMARYLLIS BLOSSOMS FADE
amaryllis is finished blooming, remove the flower stalks by
carefully cutting the stems just above the bulb. This directs
the plant’s energy to the bulb rather than seed production so
that you will be able to enjoy those glorious flowers for years
to come. Be careful not to damage the foliage while cutting off
the flower stalks, because it is responsible for producing the
nutrient reserves that nourish the bulb. (This is the same
reason you should not remove foliage from hardy outdoor bulbs
such as daffodil and tulips until it dies on its own.)
amaryllis into a sunny window and water and care for it as you
would any houseplant. When spring arrives and temperatures stay
above 50 degrees at night, move it outdoors into a spot where it
receives good morning sun and shade from the hot afternoon sun.
The foliage will continue to grow actively through the summer,
which is critical to keeping the bulb healthy and sets the stage
for the bulb to re-bloom next winter. Fertilize every two or
three weeks with a water-soluble fertilizer for flowering
performs best when given a rest period after summer growth and
before flowering. Gradually decrease watering in late summer
(late August – early September). The foliage should start to
turn yellow and die back. You might need to quit watering
altogether to get the foliage to die back. Leave the dormant
bulb in its pot and store it in a cool place, preferably between
45°F and 50°F. Light is not necessary while the bulb is dormant.
Do not water during this dormant period. The bulb should remain
dormant for about three months.
BRINGING AMARYLLIS INTO
the amaryllis back into bloom, first check to see if the bulb
needs to be replanted. Allow about two inches between the bulb
and the sides of the pot. Amaryllis bulbs bloom best when they
are rootbound. If it is crowding the edge of the pot, repot it
into a slightly larger container that allows the two-inch space.
Do not plant the bulb into a very large container as the large
volume of soil will hold too much water and cause it to rot.
bulb from its pot carefully to avoid damaging the roots. If it
has developed offshoots, remove them and plant them in small
(three inch) pots. They should flower for you in three or four
years. Be sure to use a good quality potting soil that drains
well, yet retains sufficient moisture. One that contains equal
parts peat and perlite is excellent. Trim off the dead foliage
before repotting. Be sure to leave the top third to half of the
bulb above the soil surface.
have repotted the dormant bulb (if necessary), move it into a
warmer room (68°F to 75°F) and resume watering. At first, you
will only have to water sparingly. As the flower stalks and
foliage begin to grow, it will require more frequent watering.
It should re-bloom in six to eight weeks.