How to Save an Amaryllis for Next Year

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Amaryllis flowers are gown both outdoors and indoors, although the potted variety is more common, especially during the holiday season. Like most flowers that grow from bulbs, the amaryllis produces brightly colored blooms followed by a period of dormancy. During dormancy, the plant appears dead but it is actually resting and will re-bloom the following year if properly cared for. Instead of throwing away your amaryllis when it stops blooming, take a few moments to save the bulb.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand pruners
  • Shovel
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • Potting soil
  • Cut off all of the flower stalks 2 inches above the bulb using hand pruners; wait until the amaryllis plant stops producing flower blooms. Do not cut the leaves of the plant.

  • Place the amaryllis pot in a sunny windowsill that receives bright sunlight. Water the plant when the soil in the pot feels dry to the touch.

  • Dig a hole in a sunny outdoor location that is large enough to accommodate the entire plant pot in June. Place the pot into the hole and fill in the hole with additional soil.

  • Apply a liquid fertilizer to the area using the mixing instructions on the fertilizer packaging.

  • Water the area once per week with 1 inch of water if no rainfall occurs.

  • Dig up the amaryllis pot before the first frost occurs in your area. Cut off all dead leaves 1/2 inch above the bulb using hand pruners.

  • Move the amaryllis to an indoor location that is dark and maintains a constant temperature of approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit, such as a basement. Leave the plant in this location for at least six to eight weeks and do not water it.

Tips & Warnings

  • To re-bloom the amaryllis, remove it from the dark, cool location and place it at room temperature near a window. Dig up the top 2 inches of soil and replace it with new potting soil. Water the soil thoroughly and wait for the plant to regrow.

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