Only one of my amaryllis will bloom this year. All have
leaves trailing down. Is there a point at which I could cut these leaves
off and start the whole thing over? I know I can cut off the yellow
leaves, but what about the green ones? I have also something called a
silver quill or squill, which has never bloomed.
You need them to be cold for a while. I would suggest cutting the leaves
off, taking them out of the pot, cleaning them off (you can leave the
roots) and putting them in the Fridge for a few days. Then repot and
they should bloom. I have close to 100 that I have blooming year round
using this strategy. I have a few in the fridge all the time. Do not
leave them in for weeks at a time, they will rot. Like apples they need
I am confused, but I will weigh whether to chill or not. Maybe I will chill
some and not others. I will cut the leaves on the ones I chill. I can
identify the one which is about to bloom as the Hippeastrum. The ones not
blooming are Amaryllis belladonna, which are also Hippeastrum I think??.
These plants are in the sun room and I want to put them out on the patio
when it is consistantly warm.
I strongly disagree with chilling amaryllis, whether you mean A.
belladonna or some form of Hippeastrum. A. belladonna is a subtropical
bulb, and Hippeastrum are tropical. Neither experience true winter
chill in their native environments.
Although A. belladonna does indeed go dormant, this should be allowed to
happen naturally. Further, its roots should not be disturbed. Any
attempt to force dormancy artificially (e.g., by removing green leaves)
or any disturbance of its roots (e.g., removing from soil to
refrigerate) other than at the start of natural dormancy will cause the
bulb to refuse to bloom for a few years.
In its natural environment, Hippeastrum species are evergreen. In the
winter, they do have a resting period during which they do not bloom or
produce new leaves; this is equivalent to dormancy. Even then, however,
existing leaves will often remain green. Removing green leaves will
reduce the ability of the bulb to produce flowers. I have noticed that,
when the winter weather causes all leaves to yellow on my Hippeastrum,
they generally bloom once during the growing season. However, if the
winter allows the bulb to retain green leaves, I might get flowers in
the spring, again in the summer, and even again in the fall -- flowering
three times in one growing season.
See my <http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_hippeastrum.html , which
(among other things) explains the differences between A. belladonna and
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
On Wed, 01 Apr 2009 15:10:50 -0800, "David E. Ross"
We had them escaped in Hawaii, they just grew in the lawn, nobody that
I knew had any idea what they were. I dug some up, dried them, then
they would bloom. Some I just hung on a clothesline in the shade,
some I put in a paper bag.
For really good and correct information on these bulbs go here:
There is no reason to force-rest them to get them to bloom. Mine are
blooming now with noting more than a cool winter and being kept barely
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