What to do with an amaryllis after it blooms?


I have an amaryllis from Christmas that was beautiful and  want to know how to care for it now.  I cut back the stock after it bloomed and it is now shooting new leaves.  Should I water it? Should I give it a rest?


In order for your bulb to bloom again, the plant must replenish its depleted food reserves.  The strap-like leaves are taking up nutrients for the plant.  Place the plant in a sunny window and water when the soil surface is nearly dry.  Fertilize every 2 to 4 weeks with a  houseplant fertilizer.

Plants left indoors should be kept in a sunny window.  If you choose to move your plant outdoors, you can do so in late May or early June.  To harden it off, it is recommended that you initially place it in a shady protected area.  After a couple of days you can gradually move it into a sunnier location and sink the pot into the ground.  Bring it indoors in September.

In order to bloom, amaryllis bulbs need a dormant period in cooler temperatures.  Place the plant in a cool, semi-dark location in late September and withhold water.  Cut off the foliage when the leaves turn brown.  Place the dormant bulb in a 50 to 55 degree F location for at least 8 to 10 weeks.  After the cool requirement has been met, start the growth cycle again by watering the bulb and placing it in a well-lighted, 70 to 75 degree F location.  Keep the potting soil moist, but not wet, until growth appears.