Amaryllis leaves...what now?

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  1. Sarah Eley

    Sarah Eley Gardener

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    Hi
    I have an amaryllis in a pot indoors. It has flowered but has been sitting with great long green leaves since then. The leaves have now flopped. The bulb seems to be loosened a little from the potting material and a layer is peeling off the bulb.
    What do I do now...cut leaves off, take bulb out and stick in the fridge or is it too early for that?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Keep watering and feeding with tomato feed once a week.
    Then late summer, start to dry it off.

    Personally I'd not start watering again until around March.
    Its best to get them into flowering later and a more sensible time of the year.
     
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      I put mine outside when it finishes flowering. Feeding when i remember with some tom food or phostrogen.
      The leaves go yellow in autumn and i bring it in leaving in the conservatory to dry. The bulb will shed some outer skin as it grows. You will get some offsets which can be separated when ready. My original bulb has grown to number 12 bulbs now.
       
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        So leave the leaves on, right?
         
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        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        Definitely.
        And keep it growing.
        The leaves will build up the bulb for next years flowering.

        And don't put it in the fridge :biggrin:
         
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        Just thought I'd put an add on this old thread.
        I'm trying to build up a young bulb and it flowered reasonably this year back in june.

        But I read something a few years ago about getting two flower spikes from one bulb.
        It involves cutting the tips off the leaves that form after flowering, which I did about three weeks ago.
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        The idea is that the plant then goes on to form another set of leaves in the same growing season.
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        Which is now happening.
        The thinking is it will now produce two flowering stems next year as opposed to just the one that would be expected from just letting the first set of leaves grow.

        To be continued.:biggrin:
         
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        That's interesting @pete - I'm surprised such a modest cut would trigger that response
         
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          Must admit I was sceptical.
          The thing is, and I'm guessing, will I get two smaller spikes or one normal size and a smaller one?
          Either way, I'm guessing the bulb will split next year.
           
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          I would be interested to hear if it works. I have occasionally had two flower spikes from the one bulb. Quite a few years ago I had a seed pod and germinated a load they lasted about three years before I killed them all.
           
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            Its only a young bulb and it flowered for the first time this year.
            Grown from offsets from a larger bulb which I dont have anymore.
             
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