How to Get an Amaryllis Plant to Flower

I live in Tucson/AZ .. zone 9/10 and have an Amaryllis bulb from last Christmas I would it to bloom again this year. After reading the info on your website, I probably did everything wrong. It is probably underfed but alive and even has a pup! Pls guide me thru the process of encouraging blooms.
Thanks, Julie

Hi Julie,

Here are some care tips to help an Amaryllis Bloom year after year.

Once the Amaryllis flower fades, cut the flower off at the top of the stem.

When the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb.

Continue to water and fertilize all summer or at least 5-6 months.

Allow the leaves to fully develop and grow, this nourishes the bulb.

When the leaves turn yellow, usually in the early fall, cut the plant back to 2” from the          top of the bulb

Remove the bulb from the soil.

Clean the bulb and place it in a cool dark area (40-50 degrees) for a minimum of six weeks        The refrigerator is okay if there are no apples in it. Apples sterilize Amaryllis bulbs and prevent new growth. Amaryllis need this rest period in order to bloom.

After six weeks remove the Amaryllis bulbs and plant them. Plant the bulbs about eight weeks before you want them to bloom. Flowering time in the winter will be longer than flowering time in the spring.

Red Amaryllis Plant flower

Amaryllis Plant Flower