Amaryllis Done Blooming? Here's What to Do // Garden Answer

hey guys Laura with garden answer

welcome back to my channel I wanted to

talk today about amaryllis and what we

need to do with them after they're done

blooming so I still have a few of them

that are blooming a little bit these are

the snow white these with the double

white amaryllis that I was so excited to

plant they did really really beautifully

they each had to bloom sucks and there's

another one coming up right here this

one's kind of looking a tad bit sad that

the flowers feel nice and then these

ones right here you can see what the

blooms really did look like right here

and they were just stunning I love this

variety but said this branch or this

stock that those blooms Mehran got so

tall and I didn't have it staked quite

right and it bent over so I cut them off

and put them in water and they do make

for a really good cut flower and then on

this side I have a black pearl and you

can see the blooms are just now starting

to fade so I've got two that I need to

prune off and then two that still look

pretty good but you can see the house

dark and beautiful that color is and

then I have a couple amaryllis that were

sent to me this one right here was from

gardeners supply company and it was a

beautiful kind of a duo with a white and

red but it was a really kind of faint

red and the petals of real were really

pointy and it was double absolutely


so I've one stock that's done and then I

have another one that's starting right

here nice little chubby one I'm excited

about that and then this one right in

the back here with some birdies best and

it's already done it's saying it had to

bloom stalks that was the first one to

bloom for me and now it has produced

these spectacular looking leaves they

are so healthy and beautiful looking so

first of all before I get into kind of

aftercare I just want to show you how to

prune off the withering blooms because

I've been asked that a few times so what

I do is I just come in and cut the bloom

off right at the at the top of the stock

so right at the base of the bloom there

just like that what you want to do is

get those off because if you leave them

on the plant will send energy right into

this area here this little knob that's

where it's going to produce it seed and

you don't want the plant wasting energy

trying to produce seed you want it to

send energy into its flowers into

creating new blooms if it's got another

bud or nice leaves so I always keep up

on that and keep those off so I need to

do that

slice on this one and then on this one

here since this stock is done I cut mine

off right above the neck of the bulb so

I just come in with my clippers of

scissors and cut just like that and

that's all you need to do so I'll just

keep watering these normally like I have

been which is about once a week and I

water just until I see water coming into

the saucer so that's about it on that

and then as far as aftercare goes as

soon as all the blooms are done what I

do is I just treat them as a normal

house plant so they stay inside now this

information is probably a little more

geared toward colder climates because I

live in a zone size so I treat them

probably different than somebody who

lives in a zone 9 or somewhere where

these will actually survive outside I

think these are zone 9 to 11 correct me

if I'm wrong I've also heard that

they'll survive if survived in his own

age if they're planted in the ground I

don't know if that is true but here in

zone side they will not survive outside

so they stay inside as a house plant and

they just produce these gorgeous leaves

I think they're really pretty plant just

even without blooms so they'll stay in

the sunniest spot I can provide them

inside until we're after the last frost

which is usually mid-may for us then I

move them outside and they stay in a

spot that gets Morning Sun and a little

bit of afternoon Sun and then if they're

in dappled shade for the rest of the day

and they do really really well for me

out there I treat them like all my other

potted plants they get watered a little

more frequently because it is so warm

here as far as when you get closer to

the fall month that's when it gets just

a little bit trickier just because you

have to follow a schedule there are two

steps to get these things to bloom again

you have to create a dormancy period so

you need to simulate some kind of

dormancy for them and order them to form

a new bud and then it takes six two

weeks after that for them to bloom so if

you want them worming by Christmas you

have to follow a pretty tight schedule

so what I do is September first thread

around that first week of September I

pull all my amaryllis inside usually we

haven't frosted yet but I still pull

them inside I clean any yellow or dead

leaves off but I leave anything that

looks nice because that bulb will suck

any energy down from those leaves to

help feed the bulb and produce a new bud

I'll give it a really good watering and

then I put it into a dimly lit area

that's like right around 55 degrees to

like a basement we have a root cellar

outside and a basement that both stays

pretty too

lise so I'll put it in that spot and

then just leave it alone so all I did

was clean it up and give it some water

and put it in a thermos key period and

then I set an alarm on my phone six to

eight weeks later to go pull my

amaryllis out which usually ends up

being about mid to late November so at

that point you can pull it out water it

one more time clean up any leaves and

then don't water it again until you see

any new growth once you see new growth

and you can start giving it a little

water on a consistent basis like I said

I use a water mine about once a week

that can vary depending on your home and

how you heat we heat with wood heat so

dry stuff out pretty quickly and that's

pretty much it you can scrape the top

couple inches of soil off and put fresh

soil in there if you want to usually

I'll hit mine with a tiny bit of

fertilizer but they get it pretty good

in the summer time so if I forget it

it's not a big deal

there are a couple of things if you

don't see any new growth on your

amaryllis after you pull it out of the

dormancy period just give it a squeeze

right at the top of the neck and if it

feels soggy or it doesn't feel like firm

and rigid then it may have rotted or

dried out at some point and that does

happen also you might just get leaves it

happens to me sometimes sometimes the

bulbs just don't have it in them to

bloom two years in a row just follow all

the same cycle treat it as a house plant

give it a nice sunny spot and maybe the

next year follow that same schedule

given the next year it'll give you a

bloom so don't be discouraged if it

doesn't bloom for you because not all of

them will and will do updates along the

way I'll show them to you about

midsummer and show you how they're

looking and then this fall when we start

the process of the dormancy period and

all that we'll put a video out we'll put

a video together if when I do that so

that it's a reminder to you to do that

with yours as well and then you'll get a

visual of how they look and what you

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