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ForestedgeForestedge Posts: 3,650

Received an amaryllis bulb as a Christmas present so many years ago I can't remember (5/6 perhaps) and it has never produced a flower.  Would you give up?

I have fed and watered it, allowed it to die down, started it up again when growth shows, watered and fed and all it produces is reams and reams of leaves.  Just watered it again this morning and thinking of dumping it, but just as you gardeners will know, I feel I would be committing murder.  

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,402

    Stop feeding it and threaten it with the compost heap ... it needs to be in fear for it's life in order to flower and reproduce. 

    Only feed bulbs after they've flowered in order to replenish the energy used up.

    Last edited: 13 November 2017 11:17:30

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,863

    Chuck it out . Lidl has bulbs with two flower buds just starting for 3.99 each. They should be in flower by xmas.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,214

    If it's coming into full leaf now, with no flowers, I would ditch it, but otherwise I would take Dove's approach. When they grow naturally, the leaves sometimes come up before the flower - not like the prepared ones in the shops - so check carefully!

  • ForestedgeForestedge Posts: 3,650

    Thanks Dove, Posy and fidget - I'm hovering on dumping it in the compost bin.  It has been 'leafing' for years so I have given it a good chance.  

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