Linda Hopper
Linda Hopper
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Asked on Jul 7, 2013

Hardy Amaryllis

April ELinda HopperDouglas Hunt
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I have red amaryllis that will not bloom. They have been in the ground for ever. Our preacher's wife gave me these bulbs many years ago ( 15 + years ) and they have only bloomed once. I had them in the shade and thought that was the problem so moved them to a sunny spot a few years back. They come up and make very hardy leaves but no blooms. Any suggestions?
This flowerbed gets morning sun.
This flowerbed gets morning sun.
14 answers
  • Peg
    on Jul 7, 2013

    Linda, do you have the neck of the plant bulb exposed the same way you should if you are growing them in a pot indoors? I cannot grow them outdoors here up north, but that is the first thing that came to mind. Keep the tip of the bulb exposed. Maybe that can be a cause of them not blooming.

  • Jessica C
    on Jul 7, 2013

    Try some Osmocote fertilizer. You probably just have rather poor soil.

  • Linda Hopper
    on Jul 7, 2013

    Can they be planted too deep? I can't see the top of bulb... Would this be a bad time to dig and replant? Jessica...you are so right about poor soil. West Texas is a harsh climate and the quality of water is bad as well. Should I give the Osmocote fertilizer a try before I replant?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 8, 2013

    Your amaryllis need to go through a dormant period to bloom. Do you see green year 'round?

  • Linda Hopper
    on Jul 8, 2013

    Douglas, they die back in Winter. I can't bring myself to throw them away but I really wish they would bloom. I guess it's good that I like foliage plants.

  • Janice
    on Jul 9, 2013

    try separating them this fall and replanting sometime they need dividing

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 9, 2013

    I would do as Janice suggests, and make sure you do not plant them too deep when you re-plant.

  • Linda Hopper
    on Jul 9, 2013

    Thanks Janice and Douglas...I'll give that a try. I would love to see them bloom again! I'll also give the Osmocote fertilizer a try that Jessica recommended. I usually use Miracle-Gro.

  • Caley's Culinaries
    on Jul 9, 2013

    The middle number in the fertilizer analysis promotes blooming. Keep that in mind when you are chopping for soil amendments and fertilizer.

  • April E
    on Jul 10, 2013

    I think you just need to raise them where the "necks" are just above soil level do this in fall and mix some bone meal into the soil surrounding them then all should be well

  • Linda Hopper
    on Jul 10, 2013

    Thanks everyone for all the help. I will definitely "raise them where the 'necks' show", April. That could be my problem as I am sure I planted them much deeper. I'll also use the bone meal when I replant in the Fall. Another question...when do you consider it Fall?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 10, 2013

    Linda, you have to go by when it's fall for you, not anyone else. Take your clue from the plants, and when the foliage starts to yellow, you're fine. Then do not fertilize after that point until the plant starts to produce foliage, and, hopefully, a flower stalk.

  • Linda Hopper
    on Jul 10, 2013

    Thanks Douglas...Sometimes we still have leaves on the trees at Thanksgiving. I am excited to think my amaryllis could bloom next year!

  • April E
    on Jul 11, 2013

    you are down near Odessa so fall comes late so if you want a date I would say move em right before Christmas that's when I would move bulbs back in the day when I was living in college station and going to school

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