Q: Every year my bloom stalk bends and eventually breaks. What am I
A: Large bloom-type hybrids may require staking. Placing a bamboo
stake on each side of your bulb and tying a string from one stake to the
other and back again with the flower stalk in between the string does this
A: Lower light levels will also make for longer, weaker flower spikes.
Increasing the amount of light will solve this problem.
Q: I'm giving my plant plenty of sunlight, but the leaves keep growing too
long and breaking.
A: Even under ideal conditions you may find that you need to stake your
leaves to prevent them from dropping and breaking. Again, try supporting
them using 3 or 4 bamboo stakes evenly spaced around the inside of the
flowerpot. Tie a string or twist tie, from one stake to the other until you go
all around the pot supporting the leaves with the string.
Q: Should I deadhead my flowers?
A: Deadheading is the process of removing the flower, after the flowers
have faded. This prevents the plant from putting energy into the
production of seeds and back into the plant for future flower production. If
you're not interested in growing more plants from seed, then by all
means, deadhead your flowers. You'll want to remove the flowers where
they meet the top of the flower stalk. Leave the flower stalk in intact until it
collapses. Without seed production, the bulb will re-absorb the nutrients
in the flower stalk and put it to good use producing leaves and therefore
energy for next years flowers. If the flower stalk becomes soft and mushy,
remove it so it doesn't cause rot in the bulb.
Q: Are all Amaryllis treated the same?
A: No. There are a few species and hybrids that you shouldn't allow to go
dormant. These include A. papilio, A. reticulata and A. Silhouette and
possibly others. These species will grow and bloom without a dormant
cycle. In fact, when forced to go dormant, they can be very difficult to get
growing again. If you have one of these plants, just be aware that they are
special and should be grown year round like tropical foliage.
Q: Why does one of my Amaryllis produce flowers first and then leaves
and the other one produces leaves and then flowers? I grow both of them
exactly the same.
A: What comes first, the leaves or the flowers is determined by the
species in the hybrid's background - not the growing conditions. Some
species naturally produce flowers first. Others produce leaves first. The
belladonna or naked lady Lilly, is actually an Amaryllis that produces
flowers in the fall and leaves in the spring. During the summer and winter
months, the bulbs lie "dormant" in the ground and totally hidden.
Q: I've been told that the more leaves I have on my bulbs in the fall, the
more flowers I will have in the spring. Is this true?
A: The more leaves your bulbs produce, the more energy they can
produce to store and make flowers the following spring. So in a sense,
you were told correctly. You want to produce and keep as many leaves on
your bulbs during their active growth, so it will produce more flowers the
Q: I have 2 to 4 beautiful deep green leaves on my bulbs during the
summer. I fertilize properly all summer long, yet I only get one flower
spike with 2 flowers. What am I doing wrong?
A: With only 2 to 4 leaves, your bulbs probably aren't producing enough
energy to make more flowers than what it is. The dark green color of your
leaves indicates it might not be getting enough light. When receiving
enough light, your leaves should be a bright lime green. Try increasing
the amount of light, this will produce enough energy to produce more
leaves and hence more flowers.
Q: Should I put my plants outside during the summer?
A: We put all our Amaryllis outside in the summer. If you can, place them
where they will receive bright, indirect or filtered light throughout the day
and direct sunlight either in the early morning or late afternoon - when the
angle of the sun is low enough so it doesn't burn the leaves.
Q: I'm afraid of putting my Amaryllis outside for the summer because I
don't want them to get bugs and then bring them into the house.
A: It's entirely possible you will have bugs in the potting mix after a
summer of being outside. The good thing about Amaryllis is you can dry
them out while they are still outside in a protected area and then remove
them from the pot and potting mix before you bring them in and store
them in a cool location for the winter.
Q: How often should I repot my Amaryllis?
A: Ideally, you should repot every year just before your plant breaks
Q: Should I use a blossom booster fertilizer for my Amaryllis?
A: Flower production is produced via the dormant cycle and proper care
through out the year, not through the makeup of fertilizer. We never use a
blossom booster and never needed to. If you grow your Amaryllis in the
proper light, keep it watered and fertilize it with a well-balanced fertilizer,
there shouldn't be a need for a blossom booster.