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Old 04-30-2009, 06:53 PM
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CoolAmaryllis was a flop this time.....


ok.......

My amaryllis was a flop this year.. 4 bulbs and zero bloomed. Last year I had 3 bloomers out of 4......
I followed the directions in this dutch bulb book, and nothing happened.

Right now the foilage is going very well ..Yuk no blooms.

I am open to suggestions.. What do I do in may ?

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Old 04-30-2009, 08:37 PM
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Bali Amaryllis/ Hippeastrums are very heavy feeders. Did you fertilize it at all last year? Another thing if it is in a pot that is to big for it they won't bloom either they like to be root bound to bloom. I had to move some of mine into smaller pots and I had over 25 blooms this year.

You must fertilize every 4 to 6 weeks while in a pot, every 6-8 if in the ground, with a good fertilizer that promotes blooming. I use a rose fertilizer and alternate with a bloom booster on mine. I do this all summer up till the first cool spell.

Every other year in the fall the bulbs must be taken out of their pots and given fresh soil and cleaned up. I take all the paper (very carefully) from around the bulb down to new skin and cut all old and dead roots off, I also at the same time cut off 2/3 of all the green leaves. This helps to put them into dormancy. I water in and then I place in the greenhouse under the shelves from out of the sun and I don't water until I see new growth appear. I then bring them out into the light.
Hope this helps.

Here is a picture of all the blooms I had this year.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:45 PM
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Is it too late to plant one? I have a bulb I forgot about.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:28 PM
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No go a head and plant it. If you plant it in a pot make sure the pot is just a inch wider than the bulb. Use a good well draining soil. Be sure to fertilize after the blooms have died.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:35 AM
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I did use miracle monthy on them .. Put them in darkness like I was told.
They bloomed 2007 and are still root bound .

Now did you plant them in the beds all summer or keep them in pots to feed on?

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Old 05-01-2009, 10:41 AM
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No all of mine are in pots and if it has been since 2007 then they are in need of repotting. I would wait until fall and keep fertilizing them. If the pot is just crammed full of bulbs then when you repot take out all the extras and put the Mother bulb back in the same pot or same sized pot. Also I didn't mention in the other thread is sprinkle some bone meal in the potting soil. That always helps bulbs.
Did you let the bulb get a bit of a chill on it? That also helps to set flower. Like on the cold nights that get into the 40s-upper 30's that won't hurt the bulb but a hard freeze will.
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:59 AM
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:24 AM
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I rec'd a very pretty pink one from my GOOD BUDS here at Plantswap and yes mine did bloom and I guess I need to cut it back now?These fussy plants???I'm gettin to old for this S---! I have a box of canna bulbs I'm gonna shove somewhere the sun don't shine! Just kiddin, I'll never buy any more! UGH!See ya all got me feelin better now I'm talkin trash! HaHa!!!!!!!
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ANGIE,,

Mine was on the 2nd year and I didnt know how to make it bloom......I am going to feed it corn meal.. Or what ever that is.

Glad you moviing forward,, Trash or not if it helps you, we understand.



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Old 05-02-2009, 10:25 AM
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Bali ~ I don't know when you brought out your plants and they started growing,
but maybe you shouldn't give up hope of seeing flowers yet,
after all, even way down here in southern NC some of mine are only just now opening their first flowers.
My plants showed the first signs of growth back at the end of Feb or early Mar.

Angie ~ Not sure what you mean when you say "cut it back",
but I don't really ever cut back any part of my "Amaryllis" plants while they are green and growing -
except maybe the spent bloom stalk after the flowers have withered, and that's only to keep it looking pretty.

It is very important to leave the foliage grow all season long, I just water and feed it along with my other plants.
Down here, the foliage sometimes persists even after the first light frost or two.
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:28 AM
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bali - it's bone meal!

Angie if you don't want your cannas I will take them off your hands LMK
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cannas and amarylas????


MR Hey I gotta go and check my bulbs in the basement, if they seem ok, I can ship ya some. Last I recall they were just the plain red ones! Just a pain up here in the north cause we should dig and store! And yes replant! Ugh! The amaryliss thing not sure up here I didn't cut it back yet but I guess I outa store the bulb in the basement right?
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Ok Angie on the cannas just ship them. Do you want anything in trade??


The amaryllis just leave out side this summer and let it grow. You don't have to bring it in until the next hard freeze warning. And just cut the flower stalk off not the leaves it needs them to gather more strength for next years bloom like a tulip does. Feed it tomato or rose food all summer 1x a month.
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Amaryllis


Ok I did a lot of reading here, and here's what works for me with my amaryllis bulbs. When they come out for the summer I feed them with miracle grow 15-30-15, and set them in full sun. Mine grow year round, and from dec till feb the leaves die off and maybe 1 or 2 will try to grow. I cut back water to the point the soil is almost completely dry between waterings. Now when I buy them and they bloom right around christmas, usually there's no more blooms for 2 summers, after that they bloom around june or july. I never put bulbs in a refrigerator, my amaryllis stay in their pots in a cool place in the winter (50 degrees) and remain there till spring. Also NEVER EVER completely repot amaryllis, they bloom best when rootbound, so just replace the top inch or so of soil with new. NEVER repot rootbound bulbs, thats why you get no blooms, also if you neglect watering during hot summers that will set back blooming as well. I have personally experienced this myself.
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