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I live in Midland Ontario and have enjoyed the beauty of my Amaryllis bulb.  The flowers faded over two months ago and were snipped off.  The green leaves are healthy and continue to grow.  Do I continue to feed and water and when can I expect the leaves to turn yellow so that the bulb be prepared for another growing season

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Hippeastrum
Hippeastrum  

Hippeastrum
Hippeastrum  
Hello

Hippeastrums are beautiful plants that are often thrown into the bin after flowering but they can be kept going for several years.

Your Hippeastrum is at the stage where it is growing the leaves and ripening its bulb for next seasons flowers. What you need to do is this; Keep up with watering every few days and keep it in direct sun as this feeds the leaves which feeds the bulb. If your Hippeastrum has at least four leaves it will flower next year; any less, it may not flower.

As the leaves yellow in the autumn, reduce watering until the leaves are brown and then keep the plant almost dry until you see the new scapes arising from the top of the bulb at the edge.

Once the scape appears, resume watering and provide warmth but as flowering commences, keep in a cooler position as this lets the flowers last longer.

If you keep this up every year, you will be rewarded with large flowers each and every year.

RE-pot every 3 years in spring and used a soiless compost.

Good luck.

Jonathan.

P.S I have grown a double flowered white Hippeastrum from last year and it flowered then and this year it is flowering with not one but two scapes; the first has now died off but the second is still in glory.

I have attached two pictures mine.

Hope this helps.

Jonathan.

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I cannot answer anything about propagation from seed or dividing Begonia tubers. I cannot answer anything about the temperatures for indoor bulbs.

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I know a lot about most bulbs, corms and tubers that are for outdoor use or as half hardy plants. I know about forcing bulbs for earlier flowering indoors and how to care for them during that time and how to maintain a good standard of health. I can answer questions about the planting times, watering, care after flowering and lifting of the tender types or the forced varieties. With the garden types, I know a lot about the planting dates and when they flower and about the different varieties or forms. I know how to plant them and how deep to plant them. I do not know much about the true indoor bulbs but know quite a bit about the Hippeastrum. I know a lot about Narcissi, Crocus, Iris Recticulata, Muscari, Hyacinthus, Tulipa and Anemone Coronaria. The other bulbs for outdoors are part of my knowledge and I can answer most things about them but it is mainly spring flowering bulbs I know about. I also know a bit about Lilium and Gladiolus hybrids too. I have a lot of books on this subject and grow my own bulbs every year and I know about the storage of most types. I do know a bit about the Dahlia too and storing them over winter and then getting them ready for cuttings in spring.

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Trade Base Community Allotment Association.

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I have an NVQ Level 1 in horticulture.

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