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Amaryllis faded: How to encourage renewed flowering and what care needs ornamental plant?

Amaryllis plants are popular gifts that offer stunning blooms. This South African plant blooms for weeks, leaving behind a huge sword-shaped greenery. When amaryllis fades, the plant can continue to provide a tropical look for months. All it needs is good care after blooming, and you can enjoy the plant while it stores energy for next year’s blooms.

Amaryllis faded: the resting phase

Amaryllis plants should be in full sun to partial shade

Dormancy is a natural response to cooler temperatures. The amaryllis does not go through a true dormancy period. Instead, after blooming, the bulbs go through a dormant period where they can recover and bloom again. Eventually, the leaves turn yellow and fall off, and the plant stops growing for a few weeks, which naturally happens around December. At the end of this dormant period, the amaryllis begins to grow again, first with leaves, then with one or more flower stalks.

Encourage renewed flowering

Amaryllis faded - how to promote renewed flowering and what care the ornamental plant needs

For amaryllis, temperatures should be 10 degrees C for 8 to 10 weeks to encourage reblooming. To force dormancy, you must first decide when you want the plant to bloom. If you want the plant to bloom in December, stop watering in September. This will cause the leaves to gradually wilt and die. Also, place the plant in a dimly lit area. Once the leaves are brown, cut them off, dig up the bulb, wash and cut the roots a little. Then store the bulb lying on its side in a cool, dry and dark place. The minimum storage time is 8 weeks to ensure flowering.

Care after flowering

Amaryllis faded - how to care for the ornamental plant after flowering

Amaryllis care after bloom is divided into three phases: during leaf growth through late summer, fall dormancy and regrowth, and reblooming in late fall/early to mid-winter. Caring for your amaryllis also depends on whether you time the bloom, such as for a holiday, or whether you let it rebloom naturally.

After your amaryllis fades, move it to a sunny location indoors. Remove the faded flowers in time to prevent them from forming seeds, which drain energy from the plant. However, do not remove the flower stalk until it has turned yellow, because as long as it is green, it promotes photosynthesis. Cut the flower stalk off with a sharp knife or pruning shears about half an inch to an inch above the bulb.

Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Water the plant when the top five inches of soil feels dry. Fertilize it every two to three weeks with half the recommended strength of a balanced all-purpose fertilizer for houseplants.

Dormancy is a natural response to cooler temperatures

In spring, when there is no longer a danger of frost and nighttime temperatures are consistently above 10 degrees Celsius, your amaryllis will feel most comfortable outdoors. Be sure to gradually acclimate the plant to its outdoor location. The amaryllis should receive at least six hours of sunlight daily, preferably in a location with subdued sun or diffused light. After the last frost, you should move the amaryllis outdoors. Plant the amaryllis in a well-drained location so that the top of the bulb is sticking out of the ground, and water well.

Amaryllis care outdoors

Temperatures should be 10 degrees C for 8 to 10 weeks to encourage reblooming

Amaryllis plants should be placed in full sun to partial shade, with afternoon protection from the sun in hotter areas. Generally, these plants come from dry climates and should be watered sparingly to avoid rot – keeping in mind that potted plants often need more water than plants in the ground. Fertilize them in late spring and summer with slow-release granules. If temperatures drop unexpectedly (as is common in southern countries in spring), bring the pots indoors until warmer weather returns.

When Amaryllis fades, the plant can continue to provide a tropical look for months to come