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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Eventually Amaryillis Leaves Appearing

28 January 2010 22:12:41
Waiting Game Pays Off.

Waiting Game Pays Off.

I planted 2 Amaryillis from Lidl at the same time neither made any move for a while and then one the poor unfortunate that went bump in the night took off and the other still hibernated. What was facinating was they both had the same conditions and then over the last week or so the one in hibernation started to look as though it might produce leaves. Today on inspection there are leaves beginning to emerge so patience has paid off. I will also be sourcing a suitable planter to make sure this one doesn't go bump in the night too.

On the question of the one that lost it's flower what treatment should it get now? I thought about trimming back the leaves and broken stem the other day but then decided against it.


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fran m fran m 28 January 2010 22:37:35

I had 3, one is about to flower, one is like the one in your photo, think the other is gone, bulb don't look good at all.


Rachel Rachel 28 January 2010 22:53:25

That looks like a flower spike to me, Cloncaw.

After flowering, cut off the flower spike but leave the leaves. Continue to water and feed. It is important for bulbs to feed them after flowering as that is when they produce next year's bloom. It's the same with tulips. Only when the foliage dies away naturally should you cut it off. 


Cloncaw Cloncaw 28 January 2010 23:00:35

Rachael thanks for the information I'll follow your instructions. Fran don't give up yet with number 3 might surprise you yet.


fran m fran m 28 January 2010 23:17:48

Rachel, what kind of feed do you recommend?


Rachel Rachel 28 January 2010 23:19:22

I use tomato feed but a balanced liquid feed is probably better.


Jacinta Jacinta 29 January 2010 05:13:25

Oh I just put my spent one out in the garage in the cold. I better take it back in and make sure to feed and water it. Cant wait to see if my new one will be white. :)


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