This is the time of year that your December blooming Amaryllis will likely start to lose blooms. Luckily- the foliage is pretty too and makes a great house plant. Better yet, you can take action to save the bulb and bring it back to life again next year. Here are some tips for Amaryllis after care:
- Trim off dead blooms
- Trim off any dead or flimsy foliage
- Keep the green. If it needs it, tie it up for a better look. The foliage allows energy to go back into the bulb. This energy is needed to allow for growth again.
Should you choose to keep the Amaryllis for next year:
- After the last frost of the winter season- you can place the bulb outdoors.
- In the early fall- before the first frost (around September) bring the bulb indoors into a dark place- basements work great. The bulb needs to go back into dormancy for about 6 weeks.
- After the 6 week dormancy, bring your pot back out- in a warm and sunny indoor location. Water the bulb sparingly.
There is a chance that the second year- the bulb will not produce another bloom and just the foliage.