One of the wonderful attributes of the Amaryllis is its re-blooming ability. With a little extra care and patience, one can enjoy its bloom again and again.
Since I posted the progression of my Amaryllis since December, I've placed it in a cool spot, nearest my window. The cooler temps have aided in its longevity. (Not too cool, as a frosty window can be too cold) I've been able to enjoy it's flowering for over 3 weeks now. I've also been careful not to get the bulb wet when I've watered and to also water only when the soil around the bulb is dry. Be sure to not to forget to water, as the flowers will stay hydrated and will last longer when you do.
It's sad to see no colour and it's happy blooms gone, but now is the time to bring life back to the bulb.
|2 sets of blooms, removing one set|
|Remaining two blooms faded :(|
About a week later, the remaining two blooms also withered.
I then removed them with my secateurs.
|Cutting with my handy Felco's|
Be careful handling the removed blooms, red flowers especially give off staining colour as the bloom gets mushy in parts as it withers. I like to remove them first, and then the stock, so that I don't get pollen everywhere.
Try real hard not to damage the leaves when removing the stalk. I used my sharp secuteers to do this, which makes a swift cut.
Watch when cutting! Water will drain from the stock and can spill out. I just let all that water drain back into the pot.
Every watering, I have been using Schultz's All Purpose plant food (7-7-7). Although, to increase flower production (bulb embryo inside) it would be best to use fertilizer with a high middle number, which encourages blooms.
I plan on bringing it outside to let it flourish once the threat of frost is gone. The last time I did this, several outer leaves wilted and became yellow. I simple removed them and let the newer leaves emerge from the centre.
Here is my post what to do to - the way to store and start the process all over again.