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Amaryllis

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Question: 13-5201
My amaryllis bloomed for three to four weeks. There are balls at the top of the stem. What are they? Ann, Bosra, CT

Mort's Answer:
Those are seed pods. You can dry them out and start new plants from the seed. If you want to continue to grow the amaryllises as a houseplant, you will need to rest the bulbs in a cool dry place for the summer. Place them in new sawdust or in a brown paper bag. You may find that the bulb has split in two. This will double your pleasure this coming winter.

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Question: 14-5201
I just purchased an Amaryllis . Will it bloom in time for Christmas? Shirley, Brownsville, TN

Mort's Answer:
Your bulb requires strong light and moderate fertilizer when you water. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to bloom. It is possible that it will bloom sooner in ideal conditions. After it has bloomed let the bulb dry out. After it has dried, you can split the root from top to bottom in tow and plant in a soil with 1/3 sand. Eventually two new bulbs will develop. Remover the new bulbs and store them in a cool dry place until Halloween. Then, you start the whole process again.

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Question: 466-311
What should I do with my Amaryllis after it has finished blooming? Ruth

Mort's Answer:
Allow the plant to dry out completely. Take it out of the pot and cut off the top and the roots under the bulb. It can be stored in a cool dry cellar in a brown paper bag. It may have split in two. Those bulbs can be planted in the garden in mid may or early June in your zone 5. You will be amazed at the prolific amount of flowers that it will produce outside. You can bury it under ten inches of mulch for the winter or repeat the cycle of storage and repotting before Thanksgiving.

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Question: 9-5201
We have 13 Amaryllis bulbs from larger bulbs that have not bloomed yet. Any suggestions? Terry, Beckley, WV

Mort's Answer:
Amaryllis need rest periods in between blooms. A cellar with temps between 60-70 degrees will suffice. If they bloomed indoors last winter and were allowed to run the cycle, they will eventually bloom. An annual cycle will include allowing the flower to dissipate on the hollow stem and letting the strap like leaves mature before resting the bulbous root for the summer. In central and south Florida or southern California they will do well outdoors and can be left through the winter. You need not wait for bulblets to form each spring. You can cut the bulb in half. Be sure to include some of the stem and root material in each section. Very large bulbs can be cut in quarters. If you put them outdoors in the summer after they have bloomed in the winter indoors, they may not have enough energy left to run a cycle. A prolonged resting period would be best, if you had a winter and summer bloom. Remove all but an inch of the stem before resting them in sawdust or sphagnum moss for the summer.

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Question: 846-4412
I took your advice this spring and planted my amaryllis outdoors. The blooms were spectacular. I noticed that the bulbs have fleshy roots on them. Should I remove them when I dig them up this fall? Bob, Uncasville, CT

Mort's Answer:
Be careful not to injure those tender roots. Store them in a cool dry place until spring. You can try repotting some of them in January to have Easter blooms. Next year you can dig up the larger flowers and bisect the bulbs at the end of July to produce more bulbs. This will mean keeping the directed bulb in 60 degree temps until they have developed new roots and a new bulb. It may not be possible in August to find an area that is cool enough other than a cool basement. All new soils should have a third sand.

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Question: 854-4712
I put my Amaryllis outdoors this summer and had a super abundance of large flowers. I want to bring it indoors. It has not split but has a large mass of root under the bulb. I would like it to bloom indoors this winter. What should I do? Patty, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
It will need a rest. Cut back the leaves to an inch from the top of the pot. You will need to transplant to an eight inch clay pot and allow the plant to be in a cool well-lit spot. If you want to wait until spring to plant outdoors, cut the root off the bottom and store the bulb for the winter. You can store it in kitty litter, cedar chips or dry peat in a brown paper bag to keep out light.

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Question: 870-5112
I have eight amaryllis in storage. Should I wait until spring to plant them outdoors or can I raise them indoors as houseplants? Vivian

Mort's Answer:
As you probably experienced, you get a lot more flowers as an outdoor plant. I would get one of the bulbs that seem to be splitting and plant it in a six inch clay pot and leave the rest for outdoors in early May. Use good potting soil and a third sand for drainage. Put the amaryllis in strong filtered light. Once it has sprouted, you can feed it with soluble fertilizer every other time that you give it water. It will probably bloom around Valentine's Day. As time goes on and you continue to have more and more in your garden, you might consider trying more houseplants.

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Question: 1049-4613
I just purchased an Amaryllis. Will it bloom in time for Christmas? Shirley, Brownsville, TN

Mort's Answer:
Your bulb requires strong light and moderate fertilizer when you water. It usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to bloom. It is possible that it will bloom sooner in ideal conditions. After it has bloomed let the bulb dry out. After it has dried, you can split the root from top to bottom in tow and plant in a soil with 1/3 sand. Eventually two new bulbs will develop. Remover the new bulbs and store them in a cool dry place until Halloween. Then, you start the whole process again. You might decide to plant them outdoors in the spring and you will have an abundant array of flowers.

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Question: 1081-413
I have had great luck with my amaryllis plant in water and stone instead of soil. It had six flowers and has dissipated. What can I do with it now? Gail, Ledyard, CT

Mort's Answer:
It will need to rest after that explosion of blooms. Remove all the root and stems off the top. Air dry the bulb. If you store it in peat after drying, it may split into two bulbs. You can also store it in a brown paper bag for the remainder of the winter. In late May, plant it outdoors and you will see an even greater display of flowers. Repeat the process (no pun intended) in the fall. Store the plant for two months again before putting it in the stones.

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Question: 1143-2914
Every year I receive an Amaryllis plant before Christmas and I never get it to flower. It usually has a lot of great leaves. Any suggestions? Joan, Galesferry, CT

Mort's Answer:
They usually come with instructions to fertilize and water and best light. All liquid fertilizers lack phosphorus and potash. This causes an imbalance of excessive nitrogen, You are better served by not using any fertilizer. There is enough nutrient in those large bulbs to make blooms indoors. They rarely get more than two or three blooms inside the house. Replant the bulb outdoors at the end of or mid-May. You will be absolutely surprised at the amount of flowers that the plant will have outdoors. You can repeat this natural cycle by storing the bulb or bulbs (they may split) in a cool dry place for the winter.

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Question: 1221-214
I have a Amaryllis kit that has coir disc for soil. I am hesitant to use it. It suggested three and a half cups of water. Will it work? Dan, New Orleans, LA

Mort's Answer:
Coir is a new replacement for peat. Unlike peat, it does not draw water away from a plant. It is made from coconut husks and is gaining favor among shippers. I still prefer clay pots but they usually come with plastic. Amaryllis require a lot of water and will drain better in the coir. Follow directions that came with the kit for watering and fertilizing.

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Question: 1252-1815
My amaryllis bulb has not bloomed since I bought it six years ago. Should I keep trying. I have watered and fertilized it faithfully. Paul, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
You should plant this plant outdoors in the garden without the pot in late May this year. Cut it back to an inch above the bulb. You should get a lot of flowers in late summer. It will prefer some shade. You should remove all leaves and roots below the bulb or bulbs. Save the bulb or bulbs It probably will split in two this year. Keep them in a brown paper bag in a cool dry place until the following spring again. You can always save one of the bulbs for forcing indoors later on.

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