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Grayslake, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 19, 2009
4:00 AM

Post #7381480

I bought several amaryllis bulbs for gifts on the recent coop. There are a couple that seem to have stopped growing. They are on a heating mat. They don't get much water as I'm paranoid about rotting. They got a mild seedling fertilizer with their first watering when I potted them. Do they just need more water, more fertilizer, words of encouragement?

Here are 2- Red Peacock on the right, Estella on the left. There are also 2 Lemon Lime that seem to have stagnated. The other Red Peacock I have is huge and should bloom next week.

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Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 19, 2009
10:06 AM

Post #7381720

Be patient. Some are just slow to wake up.
Grayslake, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 19, 2009
7:14 PM

Post #7382586

Ack! Guess I'll just have to keep those and give away something in bloom ^_^
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

December 23, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #7393612

I have an amaryllis I bought recently and after 3 or 4 weeks it has a flower bud emerging. I think they spend the early days/weeks growing roots. It must take an incredible amount of energy to produce such an exotic flower stem so I am happy to wait :)
Pearl River, LA

January 9, 2010
12:04 AM

Post #7443526

I have found that you need to give them water for the blooms to come. If you leave them dry they just sit there and wait for water. You can actually time the blooms. It takes. three weeks from bud to flower for me. I had mine blooming beautifully for the month of December. Some are on their fourth blooming stalk or scape???? I just got them this year. I have three in the garden outside that do not bloom well for me and I now believe the fact that I do not water that area of the yard is why I get no blooms except when the rains come right for them.shirleyt

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North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2010
8:18 AM

Post #7444798

Ok, I'm off to get the watering can! I have watered a bit more especially since my central heating is on high! The flower stem is now about 6 inches high.
Houston, TX
(Zone 9b)

January 13, 2010
12:52 PM

Post #7457729

You don't want to keep them wet, but too dry will slow down growth - as you've noticed... :) Let them get slightly dry between waterings. When the top soil gets dry down about 2cm or so, give'em some more water. And on a heat mat, they'll need water more often as #1, they'll be using more water since they'll be growing a little faster, and #2, the warmth will make the water evaporate faster.

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