amarylis not blooming

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Old 03-26-07, 06:41 PM
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amarylis not blooming

Hi all,

I discovered a few amarylis' in my flower garden when i moved into our house. I have one in particular that blooms every year, but I have several others that never bloom. Are they just bad bulbs? Do i need to do something to make them bloom? I live in Houston, so it's pretty much warm all year and I don't dig them up. I did transplant them into pots so they can get more sun.

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Old 03-27-07, 06:22 PM
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They probably need a dormancy period to trigger them to bloom.

Here in NC I let them grow outside during the summer until they start to yellow or brown at the end of the season (or heat of the summer), then I dig them up, cut the leaves off and bring them in to a cool dark spot in our basement for a month, then I put them in the refridgerator for a month, back to the basement for a month, and finally they are ready for replanting and they bloom.
 
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Old 03-29-07, 06:03 PM
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Cut back on watering in late summer. When foliage dries completely, withhold water and allow plants to dry out. Bulbs need a rest period before they can bloom. If bulbs are allowed to grow until foliage dies, bulbs can store enough food to bloom. Remove spent flower stems to allow more food for the bulb. Too much fertilizer or too rich soil can prevent blooms. Use low nitrogen, such as 5-10-10 or 6-12-12. If you use liquid fertilizer, apply at half the rate. Apply when you see signs of growth. Repeat when six inches tall. Repeat immediately after you remove the spent flower heads and stems.
 
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Old 04-01-07, 12:52 PM
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that's probably my problem. it's so warm here they leaves stay green and keep on growing all year. I kept on watering them all year round.

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