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Blooming amaryllis

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:29 pm
by Qui-Gon Grin
My amaryllis bloomed in mid- to late March this year. I then put it outside for the growing season. Everything is going well. It grew eight leaves. I thought a ninth was coming, but it turned out to be a flowerstalk. The amaryllis currently is in bloom with two flowers and two buds. How will this effect the blooming cycle this coming winter?

Re: Blooming amaryllis

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:20 pm
by lorijones
Is this a bulb that you have had for a few years or one that you purchased last fall? It must have been a large, healthy bulb to produce a rebloom in the late summer after blooming in March. I have heard of amaryllis reblooming in August after a late winter or spring bloom. It is hard to say whether it will have time to produce flower buds for this winter or not since it can take up to a year to produce new flower buds and stems.
I would keep the foliage growing as long as you can so it can continue to feed the bulb. Keep it watered and fertilized until the leaves start to wither away. At that point, stop watering, cut the foliage back, remove it from the pot, and dry the bulb at 70 to 80 degree temperatures. Two months before you want it to flower, pot up the bulb and water it but be sure you don't overwater. Hopefully it will produce a flower stalk or two. There is no way to really know - time will tell!

Re: Blooming amaryllis

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:36 am
by Qui-Gon Grin
Thank you Lori. This bulb I have had for several years, I'm guessing four maybe five years.
I'll follow your instructions and see what happens.