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Plans for amaryllis

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My plants have been in pots since blooming in Dec. and jan. Then planted in garden in may. they all have good leaves. Can I start taking them in now to go dormant. After washing roots can I cut off leaves or need to wait till they die off? how long do they need to be dormant before potting to flower? Last year most only had leaves no blooms. Any help appreciate. - Robert -

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  1. 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Yes, you should allow the amaryllis to go into dormancy now. It sounds like you have them planted in the garden itself and not in pots. So, I would pot them up, water them once, keep them outside, and let the leaves start to die back naturally.

    Here is a hint that another Master Gardener told me years ago, as I too had lots of foliage and no blooms on amarylis. Always bring the plant indoor on Labor Day. Why? If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, the flower bud will die, even though the leaves are fine. By bringing it in on Labor Day, the lower temps can’t sneak up on us. I followed this advice and always had flowers.

    So, bring your amarylis in on Labor Day, and once the leaves are dead and dried, cut them off. The bulb needs to rest about two months, so it should be up and running for Christmas.

    Here is the link to the KSU bulletin on Amarylis, which will give you more detailed information: http://www.hfrr.ksu.edu/doc1980.ashx

    Enjoy your amarylis this winter, and mark your calendar for Labor Day :-}.

    Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

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