Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Foricng Amarylis to rebloom

 Did You Know That You Can Get Your Forced Amaryllis to Bloom Again.

Did you receive an Amaryllis as a gift last year? You probably followed the instructions your bulb came with, and now it’s done blooming. Well, you can get it to bloom again if you follow the directions below.
Here’s how:
            1. When the flowers fade, don’t let them form seed pods. Cut each flower off at the base as they fade, leaving the stem and leaves. They help the bulb collect and store nutrients, giving it the strength it will need to bloom again.
            2. Keep the plant in a bright indoor spot, and keep on watering when the soil is dry.
            3. Fertilize your amaryllis once a month with half-strength liquid fertilizer.
            4. If the leaves start to die, that’s okay. Just remove the dead leaves and start withholding water and fertilizer. Your plant is going dormant, not dying. Everything is okay!
            5. When spring comes, and there is absolutely no danger of frost, move the amaryllis outside, in a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade.
            6. When new leaves start appearing, add some new soil to the top of pot, but don’t totally cover the bulb. Resume watering and fertilizing like before.
            7. To force for Christmas, stop watering in mid September. Bring the bulb in and put it in a dark cool dry place to rest. 
            8. In 6 to 8 weeks remove the dead leaves and start watering again. Repot and move to a warmer spot with more light. Continue watering and follow the original instructions for growing your flower.

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