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What to do with that Amaryllis that’s Done Blooming

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So you may have noticed I went a little Amaryllis crazy this year. I’ve still got one in bud (I love a late-bloomer), but most holiday-timed Amaryllis have done their thing by now. If you’ve got one that’s done blooming, here are some tips for what to do next.

That’s what I do, anyway. I have to admit, they don’t always flower again. Sometimes I forget to take them out of dormancy and they wither away. That’s what plant shops are for.

For the gardeners in the audience: What’s your post-bloom Amaryllis routine? Do you have any special techniques for encouraging them to reflower? Please share.

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7 Responses

I grow my hippeastrums year round. It is a misnomer that they require a dormancy to bloom and in some cases such as H. papilio it can actually harm the plant to force a dormancy. That being said most ornamental hybrids can withstand the process and it sometimes will entice the plant to bloom, if it had a good previous year that is. If you let it remain evergreen it will bloom whenever it feels ready. Ive had some bloom every season of the year. I hope I dont come across as snotty, not my intention. Your winning the race with the titanum seedlings. Mine are still little spikes. Take it easy.

Posted by Jason Sarine on 4 January 2012 @ 7pm

Actually I have a Hadeco Hippeastrum ‘Belladonna’ blooming right now that has 6 buds total on one scape, with another on the way!

Posted by Andy on 4 January 2012 @ 7pm

I had a gift bulb for ~7 years, never bloomed again. Put it out w/ a “Free Plant” sign. Someone from work was going to toss one with similar history so I took it home and it’s bloomed for me almost every year, once twice, couple times with two stems. After it blooms I remove the spent flowers, leave the stem until it starts to yellow & lean, then cut it off. Water (and feed when I remember) until the leaves start to yellow, then stop, removing leaves when they start to brown. I start watering again when leaves or a flower start to emerge. I think since there are so many hybs. w/ their indv. mystery genetics you should just try different ones until you find those that like you and your space…

My H. papilio bulb cluster has doesn’t anything for a few years, and now it throws up a stem, probably because I’ve been thinking about selling it. We’ll see.

Posted by Thomas on 4 January 2012 @ 8pm

i was told by a large bulb nursery that because i live in the tropics (st croix)i would have to put my bulbs in the fridge for i think 6 weeks.according to them this could be done repeatedly. i never did try it. another person told me that after the first bloom the quality deteriorated.

Posted by mark ferdschneider on 4 January 2012 @ 11pm

Derek, thank you so much for posting this — Rox just gave me a blub this past weekend (it’s in process, I’ll post some photos on flickr); and I was wondering about it — now I know what to do. Plantgasm so rocks.

Posted by myla on 4 January 2012 @ 11pm

If you live in a warm enough zone just plant them out. I planted my collection when I bought my house in Raleigh (Z7b) 6 years ago. Now every Spring I get an awesome Amaryllis show for 3 or 4 weeks.

Posted by Robert on 5 January 2012 @ 9am

Here in So.Ca. I leave them outside year round and water when needed. Cut off the dead leaves and spent flower stalks when it is done flowering and looks raggedy. They just bloom and go forth and multiply and
I re-pot when needed.

Posted by Roberta on 22 January 2012 @ 7am


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