Reblooming Amaryllis Flowers – Care To Get An Amaryllis To Bloom Again

Reblooming Amaryllis Flowers – Care To Get An Amaryllis To Bloom Again

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Very few flowers can match the majestic presence of the amaryllis in bloom. While many people discard the plant after its initial bloom, with a little know how and the right care, you can enjoy a reblooming amaryllis year after year. Let’s look at how to make an amaryllis flower rebloom.

Reblooming Amaryllis Flowers

How do I get an amaryllis flower to rebloom? Amaryllis plants in nature live in a habitat that alternates between nine months of moist wet weather, and a three-month dry season. The trick to make an amaryllis flower rebloom is to mimic the natural cycles of its habitat. When the last flower fades, take care and cut the stalk near the top of the bulb. Make sure you leave the foliage on the bulb and try not to damage them while cutting the flower stalks.

Care to Get an Amaryllis to Bloom Again

Once the flowers are gone, the amaryllis goes into a growth phase, where it begins to store energy for next year’s bloom. While it can be difficult to give the plant enough sunlight in the winter months, move it to the sunniest location you can, or get a good plant light. Give the plant plenty of water and fertilizer during this time. Ensuring that there is enough sunlight, water, and fertilizer during this period is key to make an amaryllis flower rebloom.

As soon as the last frost of the year is finished, move the plant outside to a sunny location and water daily. Although some of the leaves may die in this transition, don’t worry, new ones will regrow.

Since most people want to make their amaryllis bloom during the holidays, typically you should bring the plant back indoors by the middle of August. Once you bring the plant inside, put it in a cool location (50-60 F. or 10-16 C.) and stop watering the amaryllis. Once the leaves die, move it to a dark spot for its rest period. If you like, you can remove the bulb from the soil before you store it for its resting period.

Watch your bulb, and when you see the tip of the new flower stalk, it’s time to prepare for the reblooming amaryllis. Move the bulb to a warmer location for three weeks. This encourages the leaves and stalk to develop simultaneously. Repot the bulb in fresh soil (but not too deep) and place it in a sunny location.

This process can be repeated every year and, if done correctly, you can make an amaryllis flower rebloom again and again!

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Growing Supplies for your Amaryllis

When you first bring your amaryllis home from the store (or you receive one as a gift), it may be just a bulb in a box or it may already be growing.

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If it’s just a bulb, you’ll need to supply it with a pot and soil.

Amaryllis blooms are tall and heavy! You need a heavy pot to balance things out so it doesn’t end up falling over.

This one is good. It also comes in multiple sizes, so if your bulb is smaller, you can go with the smaller one and if larger, go for the larger one. Your pot only needs to be about 2″ larger around than your bulb, so you don’t need to go nuts.

Of course, if you’re planting multiple bulbs in one pot, it will need to be bigger and heavier. Just make sure your bulbs have about 1″ of space around them on all sides.

Give your bulb a good quality potting soil. I’m partial to Coast of Maine and I’ve included the Amazon link here so you can see what it looks like, but honestly, go to your local garden center or even Lowe’s or Home Depot and see if you can get it there. It will be cheaper than it is on Amazon and you won’t have to pay shipping.

In Part 1 of my Amaryllis series, we finished off by removing the spent flower stem approximately 2-inches above the bulb, while keeping the leaves intact. These leaves remain on the plant to collect energy from the sun and feed the bulb.

Amaryllis pots on my sunny dining room window.

At my house, all my potted Amaryllis bulbs are sitting on the windowsill of my sunny dining room windows. If any of the leaves begin to yellow and turn brown, I cut them off above the bulb and leave the rest intact. Watering is only required every couple weeks.

These pots will remain on the sunny windowsill until after the final frost date, when I will set them outside on the east side of my house. In this location, the bulbs will receive full morning sun and full shade in the afternoon. The location is bright in the morning, but the sun isn’t at its strongest. I like this location because the shade will protect the foliage from being burnt by the sun and drying out the soil too quickly. If you don’t have a shady spot in your garden, place your Amaryllis plants under a tree, under a deck or anywhere else you have afternoon shade.

After bringing the pots outdoors, you may either leave the bulbs in their pots or plant them directly into the garden. If choosing to plant them in the garden, be sure to label them, in order to not lose track of where they are. *This is important when digging up the bulbs in fall, for storage indoors.

How to Get your Amaryllis to Rebloom?

Potted Amaryllis after blooming.

  1. Leave your Amaryllis bulbs to grow over the summer. Prior to the first fall frost, bring your Amaryllis plants indoors. Cut off any foliage at 1/2 an inch above the bulb. This step forces the bulb into dormancy!
  2. Place dormant bulbs in a dark basement or at the back of a dark closet for at least 8 to 10 weeks. This is an important period of time, giving the bulb the opportunity to replenish its energy and prepare for reblooming.
  3. After the forced dormancy period, take a look at the calendar and decide when you’d like to have your Amaryllis bloom again, whether in time for Christmas or in the new year. Bring your potted bulbs or unpotted bulbs out from storage, approximately 6 to 8 weeks prior to this chosen time.
  4. Plant any unpotted bulbs at approximately 2/3 depth in the soil or at the bulb’s shoulder height. Potted bulbs require no additional treatment. Place your potted amaryllis bulbs in an indoor sunny spot.
  5. As soon as foliage begins to emerge, start watering your bulbs (from below in a sink or a bowl full of water), approximately once a week.
  6. After your Amaryllis flower begins to bloom, water more frequently and don’t allow it to dry out.
  7. As flowers finish blooming, follow the “After Planting Instructions”, as mentioned in Part 1 of this Amaryllis Series.
  8. To get your Amaryllis to rebloom again, refer to step 1 above, for how to care for your Amaryllis bulb over spring/summer.

The older your Amaryllis bulb, the larger it will become, increasing its chance for more and larger blooms, per flower stalk. This is an added bonus of keeping your Amaryllis bulbs after their initial flowering.

I love the site of a gorgeous Amaryllis bloom in the middle of winter! It couldn’t be simpler to grow one of our very own. They need very little work to keep them going and reblooming is simple. Simply follow the steps above and your Amaryllis will mature and develop overtime, producing a larger bulb, with more flower stems. I can’t wait to see mine rebloom again just in time for winter!

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this Amaryllis series later this year, where I show you the result of my Amaryllis reblooming technique. Please subscribe to this series, to be notified when the post will be published. If you have any Amaryllis tips, I would love to hear them. Please leave a comment below.


Once again my only amaryllis didn't bloom (has lots of big leaves to photosynthesize though.) I think I fail at the fertilizing part. I'll try real hard to remember to fertilize it this summer. Maybe it'll bloom next year. :)

Once again my only amaryllis didn't bloom (has lots of big leaves to photosynthesize though.) I think I fail at the fertilizing part. I'll try real hard to remember to fertilize it this summer. Maybe it'll bloom next year. :)

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