I JUST RECEIVED AN AMARYLLIS BULB AND PLANTED AS INSTRUCTED IN THE POT AND SOIL IT CAME WITH. IT HAS GROWN WITH 3 12\" LONG STEMS BUT NO STALK FOR FLOWERING. WILL THE STALK FOR FLOWERING START SHOWING UP? IF NO WHAT SHOULD I DO.*
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Usually, depending on the age of the bulb, the leaves will come up well before the flowering stalk will. If the bulb has been forced into flowering early, then you may run into a dead plant later on, but you should be seeing flat leaves forming first. If you see a stalk, then the flowering head will develop on top of this later on, but this is not how they grow in nature.
Depending on the age of the bulb, you may not see a single flower for up to five years.
I have several amaryllis that are over 60 years old from my great grandmother. They will tolerate a wide range of conditions, and are decently hardy to a degree. Just treat it as normal, and keep it out of the cold and your plant will remain healthy.
Here is an article on their care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/amaryllis-hippeastrum/amaryllis-care-instructions-how-to-care-for-an-amaryllis.htm