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staffsmagsstaffsmags Posts: 230

The amaryllis I bought a week before Christmas seems to be producing only leaves - 2 so far.  Is there anything I can do to it to persuade it to flower?      I have 2 more amaryllis bulbs both with lovely strong flower stems growing.  They are all being grown together, in  line of pots, so all getting the same treatment.  Many thanks, Mags



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,766

    I understand the best advice is to limit watering and keep cool until the flower bud appears - this is the first year I was aware of this (given on boxed amaryllis from Lidl) and I've followed the instructions and for the first time ever I have lovely strong flower spikes on both plants, and no leaves so far, just as in the best illustrations image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Hum........thanks Dove.

    I will repot it into almost dry compost and put it in the cool garage.  I know from experience that it is now unlikely to flower if I do nothing, so it's worth trying.  Fingers Crossed!  Mags

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    The flower is in the bulb, or not. If it's not, then nothing you do to it will produce a flower. I would wait and see. I am growing five in a row and they are all at a slightly different state of development. Like people really.
  • Welshonion, I know they grow at different rates but on any I've had before, once they start growing leaves then they won't grow a flower! I feel I need to do something to force it!  And yes, I know that if there is no flower in there then nothing I do will help.  .  I'm going to repot it this afternoon just to see. I've also heard that storing them near apples will stop them flowering - may Morrisons where it came from had then too near apples and there is a flower in there somewhere!   Mags   PS my other 2 came from a garden centre.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,766

    That's interesting Staffsmags -  your tip is confirmed here

    OH has just moved our fruit bowl from the sideboard in front of the windowsill on which our amaryllis bulbs reside.   He says that in the cold store at the Farm Shop all fruit is stored in a separate section from leafy veg as the ethylene makes leaves turn brown! 

    You learn something new every day on here image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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    Sorry it's on its side, this is one of last years rested over last summer it has never been without leaf but as you can see it has flower coming


  • I've got your problem too, staffs mags.

    Bought amaryllis from Lidl for the grandchildren plus one for myself - planted mine straight away but it has not started to do anything yet.   Meanwhile those the grandchildren got were already growing within the box, and the first one is already in flower.  I am guessing they need to be kept in the dark until they start growing so have now put a heavy brown paperbag over the top of mine in the hope it will coax it out of it's dormancy.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    I planted five Amaryllis on 16 November. None of them was kept in the dark after planting. Three of them have three flower spikes, two of them are just starting to shoot and will also have three spikes each. Next time I grow them I will stand them in shallow water to soak them briefly before I plant them as I think damp soil is the trigger to start them off.

    They are growing at a terrific rate.

    I had hoped to have them flowering by the end of January; not sure if they will make it!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,766

    Mine were starting to grow in the box with no water at all WO - They'd been under my daughter's Christmas tree for a week or more, then when I got them home the buds on each were growing strongly in the box- one was at least 4" long.  I planted them up the Monday after Christmas and gave them a little water and put both plants on the dining room windowsill.  The bud that was growing towards the base of the bulb has straightened up and is now about 15" tall and just about to colour up and open.  The other one is about 8" and has two strong flower stems and buds.  Neither have leaves. They've been watered very lightly. I'm very pleased with their development so far. 

    When flowering is over I'll cut the flower stems down to the base and water and feed generously until the autumn when I'll encourage them to dry off and then I'll put them somewhere cool for a few weeks before hopefully starting them off again. image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Yes, I should have included warmth as a trigger to start growing too.
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