How to get an amaryllis/hippeastrum bulb to rebloom
will my amaryllis bulb rebloom….answer is yes…by adopting these simple steps you will get beautiful blooms each year…brief description of amaryllis
Amaryllis ( Hippeastrum ) is a subtropical bulb (zone 8-10) usually grown as a houseplant. The bulb is usually on sale in October till December (some bulbs are sold till April) So it’s ready to bloom for Christmas. However, it is not his natural flowering season for amaryllis, in our region it blooms normally in spring between the end of January and the month of April, so bulbs we get from these sellers have been specially treated to speed up their flowering.Amaryllis bulbs will bloom in their bag or box if you do not plant them fast enough because these are prechilled and ready to bloom.
To make an amaryllis bloom the first time is very easy simply plant it in a pot and water it and it will bloom without the slightest complication! In fact, it will flower even if you do not plant it.amaryllis bulbs often bloom in the box or bag in which they are sold if they are not planted in time.
An amaryllis hippeastrum will bloom the first time under any type of lighting conditions, even in dim lighting, which is very handy because it means you can place it anywhere during flowering to prolong the flowering time. Afterwards, however, you must place it in a more suitable place. The full sun of a window facing south is not too much for this plant which is hungry for light. during flowering season it consumes all its stored energy so now, he needs a maximum of sun to recharge.
When the bloom is over, cut the flower stalk. Let the stem turn yellow before cutting, however wait to dry it, because as long as it is green, it still provides energy to the bulb. Above all, never cut the leaves because these are the main source of energy making.
When the flowers die, move the plant to the sunniest spot you have.early morning sun is best and avoid after noon harsh sun.
amaryllis will remain in leaves during the spring and summer, even until early fall. During this period, the plant will need fertilizer and plenty of water. amaryllis/hippeastrum bulbs are greedy plants, it is in their nature to store food. Fertilize your plants fortnightly, adding a soluble all-purpose fertilizer to the water at the manufacturer’s recommended rate. It is the combination of a regular fertilization and an abundant sun that will make the bulb grow again … and rule of the thumb is bigger the bulb, the better the flowering will be next year so make your bulb healthy and fat.
If the leaves of your amaryllis are long and very arched, without tone, this is not a good sign. This means that the plant is not getting enough light.
Your plant will tell you if it is receiving enough light or not. The long, narrow, pale green, very arched leaves that are break able easily indicate that there is a problem: the plant is trying to tell you that it is suffering from a lack of light or fertilizer therefore, it will probably not bloom again next year!
If, on the other hand, the leaves are relatively short, very broad, straight at the base, curved only from their middle and very dark green, the plant is telling you: “I am delighted with the growing conditions that you give me and I promise to bloom next year! ”
Before placing your leafy bulb outside, it should be gradually acclimated. Place it in the shade for a few days, then in partial shade for a few more days before exposing it to full sun.
Sometimes the bulb wants to sleep, sometimes no
Depending on the genetic makeup of your amaryllis, its foliage can start to yellow and wither in September … or not. Indeed, there are evergreen Hippeastrum species like papilio and your plant may have some genes in its parent family .If the leaves of your amaryllis start to turn yellow in the fall, cut them off and put the bulb in dormancy.
If the leaves of your amaryllis start to turn yellow in the fall, cut them off and put the bulb in dormancy. stop watering it: it tries to tell you that it wants to go dormant. When the leaves are completely yellow or brown, simply cut them.
If, on the other hand, the leaves of your amaryllis are still dark green in September, it is because it wants to continue to grow and does not need dormancy. Then continue to water and maintain as above.Most amaryllis, however, will prefer to go dormant in the fall.
Although many expert amaryllis growers insist that your amaryllis bulb should be kept in dark place during dormancy, it does not matter. Honestly speaking, do we think a wild amaryllis is sitting in a dark cave during its dormancy? Of course not: it stays in the sun all year long.However, without leaves or flowers, the bulb will have no appeal and so if you want to hide it from your eyes, go ahead … as long as you do not forget where you placed the bulbs.
The same goes for the temperature. There are some experts that tell you to put the bulb in the refrigerator or in a cold storage while it is dormant, but again, this is not mandatory. Yes, you can place your amaryllis bulb in a cool but frost free place while it is leafless, but it is not necessary you can also keep it at room temperature because it does not change anything. I prefer to keep my fridge for food rather than fill it with amaryllis bulbs!
When a flower bud or new leaves appear, this is a sign that the plant is ready to start another growing season and, hopefully ready for flowering.
After some time, usally at the end of jamuary, a flower bud or the tip of some new leaves will appear at the end of the bulb, even if it has not been watered all this time. It’s still the bulb that tells you what to do. (The amaryllis are very loquacious plants!) “It’s time to get back to the light and start watering,” he says.
Start watering gently at first, then more and more as growth resumes. If you have treated it properly, your bulb will soon be in bloom again.
Note however that, as noted at the beginning of this article, your amaryllis will probably bloom later than the first time, between the end of January and the month of April. In fact, some cultivars will flower a second or even third time, in spring or summer.
Well treated, a bulb of amaryllis can continue to live and bloom in your home for decades!
Now you know what to do to make your amaryllis bloom again … but do not wait until the autumn to start the preparations —-the moment to stimulate the next flowering is now…..hurry and act upon…click here for amaryllis care tips.