Good to know
Amaryllises do not like to be in full sunlight. They will develop burns, kind of like we do.
- After flowering the bulb is almost ‘empty’. So to encourage flowering next year it is very important that the bulb builds up new reserves. This resting period allows new flowers to develop from the bulb. Optimal rest would include (very) good light conditions and preferably a warm climate, averaging 70F to 80F during summer.
- So what to do?
- After flowering remove the dead flower stems, don’t remove the foliage.
- If the plant is in a small pot, replant the bulb in a large pot, at least twice the diameter of the bulb. Use a good quality well drained planters mix or peat moss.
- If the bulb is already in a wide pot, replanting is not necessary.
- Amaryllis, specially the bulbs, prefer a warm climate of 70F to 80F and a light place. If the outdoor temperature is within the acceptable range, the amaryllis can also grow outdoors. Typically those in the warmer, southern climates have the best luck with this method.
- Water regularly, using a basic plant feed every two month at a low rate.
- About 6 to 7 months after flowering, move the plant to a cool location of 50F to 60F for a period of 3 months (indoors or outdoors) temperature is by far the most important.
- Water very moderately to keep soil slightly moist during two months, than stop watering. The leaves may remain green, but may also gradually die; the death of the leaves is not a problem.
- After 3 months, move plant back to 70F to 80F, cut off the foliage and dry the top of the neck to prevent neck-rot.
- Do not water until new leaves and flower stems appear.
- After 8 to 10 weeks the amaryllis may flower again.
- Repeat these steps after every flower cycle.