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Q.Amaryllis Flower Stem But No Leaves

Zone Kalamazoo, MI 49009 | Anonymous added on January 21, 2022 | Answered

We have three bulbs in one pot that grew and bloomed nicely last year. We handled and stored it appropriately, we think, and it came back to life a month ago after storing in the dark, cool place for a couple of months, sending up the flower stems. These have reached about 24″ and ready to burst open. But none of the three have any leaves coming up. What might cause this and is there any hope that these bulbs will be worth saving for another year?

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Answered on January 22, 2022

The leaves do come up after the flower stalks but you usually can see a few inches of stem growth at the base. One thing you can do is pull away the moss from the bulb. Is the top 1/3 of the bulb above the soil? If not, I would pull away some of the soil, too. If after the flowers bloom and still no leaves, check your bulb for rot. If the bulb still looks healthy, keep watering and fertilizing the bulb till it's time to go dormant.

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