This set of forums is an archive of our old CGI-Based forum platform (UBB.Classic) that was never imported to our current forum (UBB.threads); as such, no new postings or registrations are allowed here.

Please instead direct all questions and postings to the our current forum here.
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#77620 October 16th, 2006 at 04:55 AM
Joined: Apr 2006
Member
OP Offline
Member
Joined: Apr 2006
Hello

I was given a amaryllis plant that was planted in a pot earlier this year in the summer sometime. When I received it the leaves were green and healthy looking, the plant was nearly 2 feet tall. It has the leaves coming out of the main bulb, plus 2 shoots of groups of leaves coming up out of the dirt at either side of the bulb. The plant has not flowered its first time yet since it was just planted in summer. I don't intend to force the plant to flower this winter, I plant to keep it as a year round plant and let it flower when it normally would, which I understood would be spring.

The leaves are starting to yellow now. Its not all the leaves, but a few of them. A couple of them died all the way back and I removed them. A few more are slowly yellowing. Since the plant hasn't flowered yet, is this normal? I don't know if something is wrong that I need to adjust or if this is what to expect since I've never owned an amaryllis before. I have moved the plant closer to a west facing window than I originally had it. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. Duh

#77621 October 16th, 2006 at 04:57 AM
A
Anonymous
Unregistered
Anonymous
Unregistered
A
this is normal. amaryllis leaves do die back. and it is the time for them to die back. although, mine are not beliving that. they are threatening to bloom soon Duh

#77622 October 16th, 2006 at 07:45 AM
Joined: Apr 2006
Member
OP Offline
Member
Joined: Apr 2006
Thank you for the help smile

The person who sent me the plant growns his in pots year round. I'm curious, do you grow them year round or force the several bloom times during the year, as described here http://www.thegardenhelper.com/amaryllis.html ?

Thanks.

#77623 October 16th, 2006 at 05:01 PM
Joined: Aug 2006
S
Member
Offline
Member
S
Joined: Aug 2006
Amaryllis usually only bloom once a year. After blooming, it is natural for the leaves to slowly die back, nourishing the bulb to produce the next blooms.

I, too, prefer not to force my holiday plants to bloom by a target date, mostly because chances are I'll totally forget about something tucked away 8 weeks ago. If you choose not to force dormancy, the natural process can be aided by you.

Reduced light, cool temperatures, and drought are important factors which trigger the dormancy and rebloom cycle. Reduced light and cooling temperatures of shortening days trigger dormancy and lights and central heating of homes can disrupt the cycle. Best if you can keep the Amaryllis in a little-used room kept as cool as possible. It doesn't have to be in total darkness (I keep the shades and window open) but be careful not to turn on unnecessary lights.

In dormancy, the plant's need for water is reduced. Amaryllis stores water in its stalk, which is the last of the foliage to die. By then the bulb has plenty stored water to make it through dormancy. When you then water the plant, water will be again soon stored in the emerging stalk. It's a plant that needs to dry out between waterings.

Star

#77624 October 16th, 2006 at 09:20 PM
Joined: Jan 2005
M
Member
Offline
Member
M
Joined: Jan 2005
My amaryllis are dying back now, too. As soon as the soil in their pots is completely dry, I'll put them in my closet, along with the amorphophallus(sp?), until February. They bloom every year and then go outside for the summer. I've never tried to keep one in leaf year round; that just doesn't seem respectful of the plant's natural rhythms.

#77625 October 17th, 2006 at 09:32 AM
Joined: Apr 2006
Member
OP Offline
Member
Joined: Apr 2006
Thank you so much for the help. smile I greatly appreciate it, most resources I could find talk about forcing the bulbs.

#77626 October 17th, 2006 at 10:27 AM
A
Anonymous
Unregistered
Anonymous
Unregistered
A
truthfully, mine are hardy here, so they are in the ground, being silly about the time of year. sometimes here, they will bloom twice.

#77627 October 23rd, 2006 at 05:04 AM
Joined: Oct 2005
Member
Offline
Member
Joined: Oct 2005
Quote
Originally posted by Jiffymouse:
truthfully, mine are hardy here, so they are in the ground, being silly about the time of year. sometimes here, they will bloom twice.
I'm glad you said that Jiffy! G~MOM sent me some and I put them in the ground nice and green and has grown but it doesn't show any sign of blooming yet!

#77628 October 28th, 2006 at 05:07 AM
Joined: May 2005
Member
Offline
Member
Joined: May 2005
I have 8 now. For 5 years I keep mine growing year round as a houseplant. They bloom between Jan - March.

Mine go outside all summer in sun and fertilized 2- 3 times a month.

In Oct I bring them in and water less but they are not in the dark. They are on the coffee table where they received light from the window. The leaves start to die back but all the leaves never die back.

The dark closet dry instructions is to force the bulb to bloom at a certain time. They bloom when I need flowers the most in late winter.

People have repeated the forcing method so long they think that is natural. As Jiffymouse and angelblossom have said if you keep them growing year round you can get two blooms a year. This year I got blooms in Jan and one is blooming now.

The other bonus of growing them year round is your bulbs will muliply because the bulb is healthy and constantly nourished.


Link Copied to Clipboard
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5
(Release build 20201027)
Responsive Width:

PHP: 7.3.20 Page Time: 0.027s Queries: 31 (0.017s) Memory: 0.7638 MB (Peak: 0.8316 MB) Data Comp: Zlib Server Time: 2021-05-12 01:50:58 UTC
Valid HTML 5 and Valid CSS