by Connie Oswald Stofko
Many of you may have received an amaryllis bulb or plant over the holidays, and you’d like to get it to rebloom indoors next year. It’s not hard to do.
However, I’ve heard from a couple people that they were told to cut back the plant after it has finished blooming.
Don’t do that!
You need to keep the leaves on the plant. Through photosynthesis, the leaves will work to recharge the bulb. The plant needs the energy stored in the bulb to produce a new flower next year. If you cut off the leaves, you’re weakening your plant.
You can cut off the stem if you want, but make sure you keep the leaves in place.
Water the plant while it’s blooming and keep watering the plant when the bloom is done.
When the danger of frost has passed, place the pot outside. Make sure you keep it watered well. Tip: I have several bulbs in one large pot; a large pot won’t dry out as fast as a small pot will.
Around the beginning of September, bring the pot inside. Sometimes I leave mine outside until the leaves die. I put mine in my basement where it’s a little cooler. Stop watering the plant. If they haven’t already, the leaves will die and that’s okay. You want the plant to go dormant.
Usually after Christmas, I notice that the plant has started growing again. I bring the pot upstairs, put it in a sunny window and start watering it again.
Get a few more details and see more photos in this previous article on amaryllis.