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Question 1

When is the right time to plant amaryllis?

A1: Amaryllis can be planted at any time of year provided they can be given adequate warmth, water and light.

Question 2

My amaryllis is giving leaves but not flowers. What happened?

A2: An amaryllis that has been deprived of nutrients or sunlight in its previous growing season may not form and keep its flowers for the following season. This can happen if you keep an amaryllis in a pot without adding fertiliser for more than one season. An embryo bud can also abort its flowers if the bulb is stressed – lack of water can also lead to this issue.

Question 3

I have planted my amaryllis outside in a partly shady area and they seem to be doing quite well. Should I pot them bring them inside, or can they grow in these conditions?

A3: If your winter temperatures are expected to remain above 5 deg C then you can leave your amaryllis outside. If you experience frost in your region, or you have temperatures regularly below 5 deg C then you should lift your amaryllis and bring it indoors to a cool sheltered place during winter. Partly- shaded is ok, but amaryllis prefer to be given maximum sunlight.

Question 4

I live in an area with severe frosty winters and hot summers. I have several amaryllis bulbs in the garden and in pots, and although the foliage is green and healthy, I get no blooms. What can I do?

A4: Harsh winters can cause embryo buds to abort. Bring your amaryllis into a sheltered cool place during winter and allow it a dormancy (withhold water).

Question 5

5. Where can I purchase amaryllis bulbs in the USA?

A5: Many florists and garden centres sell Hadeco amaryllis during Fall. There are several websites that also offer Hadeco amaryllis:
    www.johnscheepers.com
    www.whiteflowerfarm.com
    www.plowhearth.com
    www.gardenimport.com
    www.amazon.com
    www.bloomingbulb.com
(If you wish to add a website link please let us know)

Question 6

The leaves of my amaryllis are becoming very long and drooping. What is the reason?

A2: Amaryllis are fond of intense sunlight. If they are deprived of sufficient light their leaves will become longer and paler. Place the amaryllis in a position of maximum sunlight. Artificial lighting can help a little also.

Question 7

I plan to lift my amaryllis bulb after flowering. When should I lift it and how should I store it?

A7: An amaryllis bulb flowers at the start of its active season. Once flowering has finished, you should provide regular watering and feeding for at least three months. This needs to be combined with sunlight and heat (20 – 30 deg C). In nature the amaryllis remains active for 6 months after flowering. In this time it makes the new embryo flowers for the next season and swells itself up with nutrients. At the end of the active season, when temperatures cool, you should restrict watering and allow the leaves to fade. Once the leaves are a little brown and dried, you can remove the bulbs from the soil. Store in a brown paper bag in a cool place (5 deg C to 14 deg C) for at least 2 months. This provides the bulb with a much needed rest.

Question 8

The flowers of my amaryllis have faded; can I cut the stems off?

A8: It is ok to pinch the flower heads away from the small stalks (pedicels) but it is better to leave the main stem in place. It provides photosynthesis for the bulb.

Question 9

Could you please advise as to what fertiliser I can use for my amaryllis?

A9: Amaryllis prefer a fertiliser high in Potassium, low in Nitrogen. Regular feeding for three months after flowering is most important to producing new blooms for next season.

Question 10

My amaryllis has seed pods with lots of seeds. Am I able to do anything with these seeds?

A10: Once the seed pod has dried and opened you may plant the seeds in fine washed river sand or a fine soil. Plant by pushing the seeds into the soil very slightly. Keep moist and warm. Covering the container with a plastic bag as a cover (like a small “greenhouse”) can help keep the soil from drying out in the first few weeks.

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