These blooming beauties not only make great holiday gifts and decorations, but they also can be enjoyed throughout the year. Follow our steps for post-bloom care.
Step 1: In winter, remove blooms after they fade and before seedpods develop, but leave the stems. Like the remaining foliage, the stems will help restore energy to the bulb. Once a stem shrivels and dries, cut it off at the base as shown.
Step 2: As long as the leaves remain green, continue to water to 1-inch deep when the soil is dry (about once a week) and feed every couple of months with liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength. Keep the plant in a bright, protected spot (such as indoors near a window).
If the foliage dies back and the plant goes dormant, withhold water and fertilizer. Remove dead leaves at the base as shown. Once the danger of frost has passed, move the plant outdoors, ideally to a spot that gets morning sun and some afternoon shade.
Steps 3: In spring, when new leaves emerge, top-dress with fresh soil, keeping the top of the bulb exposed. Resume frequent watering and fertilizing. The amaryllis should bloom again in late spring or summer.
Step 4:In early fall, stop watering and feeding after foliage fades (though some amaryllis are evergreen in mild climates); remove dead leaves. Move container to a protected spot. (In cold-winter climates, bring the container indoors to a cool, dry place such as a basement or garage.)
Note: To start new plants, set bulbs 2 to 3 inches apart and 2 to 3 inches from the pot sides, with bulb tops above soil level. Then follow steps above after plants bloom.