How to get an amaryllis to flower again: Have you ever wondered if it is possible to get your beautiful amaryllis plants to re-bloom? Well, the answer is yes, it certainly is and here are a few steps that can help you to increase your chances.
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The big bold flowers provide a chic display and still look great in your home even when the last of your Christmas decs have been packed away.
Getting them to bloom during the holiday period can sometimes be a bit hit and miss so I have a number of Amaryllis Bulbs which I started forcing at different times.
Once they have finished blooming, with the right care it is possible to get the bulbs blooming again year after year.
What To Do When Your Amaryllis Has Finished Blooming
As each flower finishes blooming and begins to fade, cut it off close to the stem with a pair of Pruning Scissors or a sharp knife.
Once the last of the flower heads have been removed and the green stalk begins to wilt you can cut it off to about 2″ (5cm) above the bulb. Be careful not to damage any green leaves or new growth.
Move the plant away from direct light sources and keep well watered (avoid letting it dry out completely).
It can also help if at this stage you give it a little liquid house plant fertiliser now and again.
I often use my bulbs without soil (that is very normal here in the Netherlands) displayed in vases and modern arrangements so at this point I put it back into some soil.
What To Do With Your Amaryllis Bulb When The Weather Warms Up
Once the frosts are over and the temperature is a bit warmer (here this is approximately at the end of May but this depends on where you live) you can put your plant outside. Continue to water regularly so that the soil remains moist but do not overwater as this could rot the roots.
You can also continue to fertilise at regular intervals throughout the summer to encourage strong growth.
During the summer you will see that the leaves will have turned a darker green colour.
At The End Of The Summer
At the end of the summer/beginning of the autumn or when the leaves begin to change colour and die off reduce the amount of water you give the plant but do not allow it to dry out completely.
At this point remove any dead leaves with a knife or a pair of scissors but again make sure you do not damage any green new growth.
Amaryllis Bulb’s Dormant Period
Once the weather begins to get cooler you can bring you plant inside. It needs to be kept in a cool dark place – a basement or frost free shed is ideal.
(I remove the soil from some of my bulbs at this time but you can just keep it its pot too)
Leave the bulb alone for 6 to 8 weeks and do not water. The bulb needs this dormant period in order to re-bloom.
Getting Your Amaryllis To Flower Again
(When To Start Forcing Your Amaryllis Bulb)
The bulb will normally re-bloom approximately 6 weeks from the time it is brought back out into the warmth and light.
Bear this in mind if you want your amaryllis to flower again during the holiday period.
If you are planning to keep it in soil (you get bigger, stronger blooms when potted in soil) you can replant the bulb in new potting soil but be careful not to damage the plant. The Amaryllis likes a tight fitting pot so should ideally be planted in a snug fitting pot with approximately 2 cm space between the bulb and the pot.
It is also possible to just top up with fresh compost (if you don’t want to re-pot it), make sure that you leave the top of the bulb exposed.
Once re-potted or topped up, your plant will need a good watering but be sure to allow it to drain properly.
After this keep your soil slightly moist but not soaked.
Handling you amaryllis bulbs in this way will give you a much greater chance of getting your amaryllis to flower again the following year but it is not a guarantee.
If your bulb does not manage to bloom, as long as it is not damaged or rotten, you can repeat the process and try again the following year.
I have done an awful lot of research on the best way to care for Amaryllis Bulb and there are a lot of contradictions. Here in the Netherlands you often receive totally different advice to the UK or US. I have tried different things and find this method is what works best for me.
If anyone has any other experiences, advice or tips on how to get an amaryllis to bloom again, I would love to hear them.
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