19 January 2009

After Your Amaryllis Has Bloomed - Now What?

How to Keep Your Amaryllis Alive After the Holidays

After your amaryllis has finished blooming in December, cut back the flower stems as far as you can without disturbing the leaves. They should be left on because they will make food for your flowers next year.

Place your pot in bright light and continue to water and fertilize your amaryllis monthly.

After your last frost in the spring, move your amaryllis outside for the rest of the spring and summer. Continue to water and fertilize.

About half way into September let the soil completely dry out and cut back the leaves. Put your bulb in a paper bag and store in a cool dark area for a rest period of 6 - 8 weeks.

After the rest period plant your amaryllis bulb with new potting soil and put it into bright light again and it should bloom again in 2 to 3 months.

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