Q.Have Amaryllis Bulbs. Need Sprouts Taken Off.
Have had Amaryllis for 2 years. They have grown to almost grapefruit size. They have between 4 to 6 new plants coming off each bulb and most did not bloom this past year. How do I take off the new shoots and not damage the original bulb. Will the host bulb bloom again after the new babies are taken off? How long before the new ones bloom?
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Dividing them now will likely harm all of them. This should be done during dormancy. If your area is too warm to experience a dormancy, then you will have to grow these in container, where you can provide one. This is the most common cause of lack of flowering.
Otherwise, I would look to soil nutrient imbalances. Too much nitrogen, and not enough phosphorus and potassium can cause a lack of flowering, as well.
Here are some articles that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-soil.htm