Amaryllis Care

POTTING: Use a bigger pot only when bulb has less than 1 inch of soil around it. At least 1/3 of bulb must be above the soil.

WATERING: Use warm water with 1/3 to 1/2 of recommended dose of a high phosphate fertilizer. Let bulb partially dry out between watering. A good soaking once a week should be plenty.
       --------If leaves get yellow & crisp - not enough water
       --------If leaves get yellow & soft – too much water

BULBS; May be a little soft after blooming for a week or two.
Otherwise, a healthy bulb should be hard & firm. When your amaryllis finishes blooming, cut the stalk that bloomed off at the base. DO NOT cut the leaves. Keep watering soil around the bulb& place plant in good light till May. After last frost, put pot outside where it will get about 4 to 6 hours of morning sun. Keep watering till late Sept to mid October. Bring inside, stop watering & place pot on its side in a cool dark place. Leaves will turn yellow & dry up. If they don’t fall off, you can remove them easily. After 6 to 8 weeks, you can do either of the following;

1)Remove top 1-2 inches of soil & add 1/2 new soil & 1/2 compost.

2)Remove whole plant from pot & remove all soil from bulb. Cut off all rotted &/or dried up roots. Cut roots that are left to about 1 inch long. Repot in 1/2 new soil & 1/2 compost mix.
Place the pot in good light & start watering. It should start blooming in 6-8 weeks!!!!
DO NOT get upset if the bulb takes a year off & only grows leaves the first year. It has been put through H---. To force it into bloom like when you first got it, is kind of like a 12 year old having triplets!!!!!!