Amaryllis Plants

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  1. Amaryllis Care
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  4. Amaryllis Will Not Bloom
  5. When Do I Divide Amaryllis Bulbs?
  6. How Do I Care for an Amaryllis That Has Not Produced a Stalk Yet?
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Asked by Anonymous on December 13, 2010
Amaryllis Care

Live in Daytona and just received a blooming amaryllis. My friend says they go outside well, but all I see on the Internet is how to plant it from a bulb. This has 4 blooms on it already. Is it OK outside in the winter?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

They will survive year round outside in zones 7 or higher, so if you are in zone 7 or higher, yes, it will grow and bloom every year if you leave it in the ground. If you are not in zone 7, I would recommend mulching it in the winter, just in case you get a cold winter. Plant them as you would amaryllis bulbs; however, the blooms may die back but should rebloom the following season.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 22, 2010
Replanting Amaryllis Outdoors

I live in Pasadena, MD. Can I replant my amaryllis outdoors or must it remain indoors always? If so, how do I care for it so it blooms again next year?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can plant it outdoors in the summer, but it would need to be brought in every fall as it cannot survive the cold. That being said, amaryllis bloom best when crowded, so if you plant it out in the garden, the blooms will never be as nice as when you grow it in a pot. You can split the difference and place the pot outdoors for the summer, which will make room in your house and also ensure you get the best blooms.

Here is an article on making amaryllis rebloom:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/amaryllis-hippeastrum/amaryllis-care-instructions-how-to-care-for-an-amaryllis.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on December 23, 2010
Amaryllis Not Flowering

I was given a gift of an amaryllis bulb in late October. I immediately planted it in the planting medium supplied and am keeping it watered. All that is growing are tall leaves. This is December and there is no flower stalk in sight. What, if anything, can be done? I’ve had this happen the second year with bulbs but never the first year!

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It was probably a mistake on the grower's part. Amaryllis that you buy at the store for forcing typically are shipped ready to bloom, with a bud literally ready to pop out. But, just like any manufactured product, your amaryllis may have been shipped by accident with either no bud or a damaged bud that never emerged. You can either get a new one and start over, or you can let it cycle through dormancy and it will bloom for you next year.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 28, 2010
Amaryllis Will Not Bloom

My mother planted an amaryllis bulb in November. I planted mine a few weeks after she did. Mine has already bloomed and has a second shoot that will also be blooming in another two weeks. Hers only has leaves, very long leaves but no shoots or blooms. Is there something she can do to get the plant to flower or is it a hit and miss thing?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Unfortunately, hers probably won't bloom this year. Amaryllis bulbs are typically shipped with a bud or two ready to grow so that you get a bloom almost immediately. But sometimes the grower mistakenly packs a bulb that is not budding or the bud simply gets damaged in shipping and does not grow. You can keep them for the year and they will bloom in the spring.
Here are directions on doing that: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/amaryllis-hippeastrum/amaryllis-care-instructions-how-to-care-for-an-amaryllis.htm

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Asked by miols002 on January 2, 2011
When Do I Divide Amaryllis Bulbs?

I have 8-year-old bulbs that have formed up to 5 additional bulbs in the same pot. Should I repot them, divide them, or leave them alone?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can leave them for now. Amaryllis actually does best in a crowded pot. If you are not looking for them to bloom soon or after they have bloomed, you can separate the pup bulbs from the mother bulb and repot them each in their own pot. It may take a year or so until they bloom again after that while they settle in.

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Asked by barb52 on January 4, 2011
How Do I Care for an Amaryllis That Has Not Produced a Stalk Yet?

I received an Amaryllis bulb in late November or very early December and it has produced several leaves (5 or 6) but has not produced a stalk yet. . .the leaves measure about 18 inches long. I’m supporting the leaves with Amaryllis supports. Will it produce a bud?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Amaryllis are usually shipped for sale ready to bud, but sometimes the bud can be damaged during shipping or packaging, which means that it can no longer produce a bud this year. Since it has been since November, it is likely this is what has happened to your bulb and it is unlikely to bloom this season.

You can keep it as a houseplant and it will bloom for you next year. Here are some articles that will be helpful:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/amaryllis-hippeastrum/amaryllis-care-instructions-how-to-care-for-an-amaryllis.htm
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/amaryllis-hippeastrum/amaryllis-bloom-again.htm

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Asked by rdtexas on January 7, 2011
Amaryllis Bulbs

I just received some amaryllis bulbs. The weather is turning cold and I need to know if I should plant the bulbs or store them until spring. I live in zone 8. These bulbs were dug from an outdoor bed. If they need stored what is the best way?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It really depends on the amaryllis variety you have. If you received them from someone local to you who grew them outside year round, then you can go ahead and plant them now. Otherwise, it would be safest to wait until spring to plant them out. If you find the specific variety, you can look up what zones are appropriate for it and treat accordingly.

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