It's Springtime . . . and the Amaryllis are in Bloom!
Karen Schmahl has had Apple Blossom and Pink Amaryllis for 10-12 years and shares her secrets to get them to re-bloom every year:
- Place them in a warm - but not hot - sunny spot. Mine are in the green house all year until they bloom and then they come into a southwest exposure garden room for the time they are blooming so we can enjoy them.
- After they are finished blooming, cut off the spent flower stalks at their base and continue to water the bulbs in their pot from summer until fall in their sunny spot. This is called resting the plant, allowing photosynthesis to take place and nourish the bulb.
- In September or October, cut all the leaves down to the base of the bulbs and then begin to feed and water them regularly. I feed once with Osmocote. (I use the green-edged bag for indoor and outdoor flowering plants with middle number of 14 which is the phosphorus number.)
- I continue this all fall and winter until they send up new stalks of flowers in March and April. Then the cycle is repeated. Different types of Amaryllis bloom at different times.