Amaryliss

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Campbek

Amaryliss

I was given a pot with an Amaryliss bulb already planted ready to grow as a Christmas present. I finally got around to taking off the cardboard lid about the second week in January to find it had started to grow. I now have three beautiful large flowers and a second stem with a bud ready to flower. I was amazed at how quickly it grew. About three inches a day I think. I am so delighted with it I just had to tell someone! Cx

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Chazza

Amaryliss

They're quite astonishing, aren't they? You're lucky to get three flower at once. I seem to remember that they last a long time as well.

Enjoy!

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Honey

Amarylis

Yes, they are super aren't they. One year I grew one and I kid you not, when it flowered, in electric light, it looked as though it had glitter all over it. I just wish I'd known the name of it as it was soooo pretty.

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Campbek

Amaryllis

I've just realised I misspelled it!
Two of the flowers have now died but one is left in full bloom and I have another bud coming along nicely. I think because we are at home all day with the heating on they are not lasting as long as they would in a cooler room. Still I want to be able to see them they are so beautiful.
Thank you for your responses Honey and Chazza.

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Kilmory

Amarylis

I've got a beautiful red amarylis which had 3 floweres on the first stem and now I see the other has 4 waiting to open. Tis beautiful.

Kilmory

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lemonsqueaky

Amaryliss

I have three on the go and by my mother's description all 'a bunch of leaves'. Only one has re-flowered, not sure what I'm doing wrong. I've tried resting the bulb and the poor thing springs back. One is constantly watered and the leaves are almost 2' long! Must be something to do with daylight and temperature (she typed desperately)?

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Chazza

Amaryllis

Plants often flower as a response to poor conditions, so if your amaryllis has a comfy home with plenty of water, food, space and light it's likely to spend its time producing lots of leaf to make a big root system.

Vines are like that, they have to be absolutely massacred to produce maximum flower - and therefore fruit - otherwise they'll happily grow 50 feet tall!

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lemonsqueaky

Amaryliss

That's it - I'm just too kind. Any moment now I'll be offering them a dose of Prosecco.

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Chazza

Amaryllis

I had to look twice - at first glance I thought you wrote 'Prozac' (sp?).

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Honey

Amarylis

"I have three on the go and by my mother's description all 'a bunch of leaves'. Only one has re-flowered, not sure what I'm doing wrong. I've tried resting the bulb and the poor thing springs back. One is constantly watered and the leaves are almost 2' long! Must be something to do with daylight and temperature (she typed desperately)?

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Squeaks, you do right to rest it. After they've flowered you want to feed it (don't cut the leaves off, the nutrients in effect go back into the bulb and they are the food for next time). So then reduce the watering and allow the leaves to die off and then leave it dormant (keep in a cool dry place) until next winter when you start it off again.

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lemonsqueaky

Amaryliss

Aha! That might be where I've gone wrong Honey. I stopped feeding them when the flower died off. But even when I don't water they burst into leaves again? I'll persevere!

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Dottie May

Amaryliss

I was given one as a Christmas present and must admit mine hasn't grown very much - two leaves 5" long, two smaller ones and a one budding stalk nearly 8" long. I've got it on a window cill and I'm keeping it watered - not too much. Anything else I should be doing?

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Honey

Amarylis

"I was given one as a Christmas present and must admit mine hasn't grown very much - two leaves 5" long, two smaller ones and a one budding stalk nearly 8" long. I've got it on a window cill and I'm keeping it watered - not too much. Anything else I should be doing?"


Dottie, it sounds as though it's doing okay... perhaps a bit slow. Just make sure it's warm and perhaps up the watering just a tad. Little and often is best... don't soak the bulb. It shouldn't need feeding until it's in flower and then after it's finished, another feed. As someone says, they can grow at a terrific rate of knots and so if you kicked yours off at Christmas, then it is a bit slow. But I would say it will be fine.

Honey :-x

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Campbek

Amaryllis

Dottie, I don't think they like being on a window sill as they sometimes get a draught and it gets too cold if they are behind the curtain. Mine came from M & S and grew rapidly in a warm room.Cx

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Dottie May

Amaryliss

Many thanks Honey and Campbek for your comments. Have taken it off the window sill and given it a bit more water - think it has grown a bit since yesterday!

 
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