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For Balcony..

Sorry I didn't reply to your comment in March,re the care of my Amaryllis, but my laptop decided it didn't want to play for a while,so hope you didn't think me rude in not saying thank you,
As you can see ,I did take your advice ,re feeding and watering,so it's looking very healthy.
I shall change to a tomato type feed, later on ,I think you mentioned around June? and then follow the other instructions you gave me,re stopping watering and feeding.
Thanks again for your invaluable advice.xx
PS..I added a comment on the blog/photo of the Amaryllis,but decided to post a seperate photo instead,and don't know how to delete the other one,only Edit..
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It certainly is looking very healthy Sandra, fingers crossed for more gorgeous blooms thus next winter!
Balcs great with advice on them isn't he..:)) x

29 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you ,and yes,he is a great help.and I'm hoping I get a repeat performance next year. It's been a delight to watch the leaves grow so big !.Your Dahlia seeds are doing great ,so thanks for those too :o) xx

29 Apr, 2021

 

I just wrote a comment on the photo from before. I'm glad your plant is looking so heathy! 👍 I've repeated the care instructions a little, re: fertilizing, so I shan't repeat them here.

The leaves can become really enormous which is why you need space for them! It will pay you in the end when you see it flowering in all its glory again! 👍

29 Apr, 2021

 

That looks supremely healthy Sandra and looks great without its beautiful flowers.

30 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you Balcony, and for the update,which is so helpful . Just another question please ?
I have only recently noticed,that the inner pot that was supplied with it,has no drainage holes.I didn't realise at the time of planting up.I did wonder why there were no signs of water in the gravel I put in the bottom of the outer pot !!!
Will this be a problem,and should I repot it? if so,when,and what would be a suitable compost ? I have no idea what type of compost was included in the box.. TIA .:o)

30 Apr, 2021

 

Yes, it could become a problem! A pot with no drainage holes could spell disaster for your Amaryllis! Its roots could soon rot if the compost is waterlogged! The thick white roots act as storage organs. These can rot very easily which is the reason I often mention it when I write about Amaryllis.

It would be best to repot your bulb into a new pot with drainage holes in it. As for compost any ordinary potting compost you use for your other plants is perfectly fine! I've never used anything different during the 40 years I've grown them!

When to repot it? I generally repot mine in the spring or late winter if they are hibernating or right after flowering as that is when the new roots start to grow & before the leaves get under way. If your bulb is not showing signs of root rot I would leave it alone till next spring or as soon as it has finished flowering.

If you examine the roots & find they are not rotting but are firm & white then I would leave it alone although if you can find a pot of the same size with drainage holes you could transfer it to that pot & put it back in its outer pot.

It's not a good idea to put it into a pot larger than 6". I've always grown my plants in that size pot. Many years in place of potting my bulbs on into ever bigger pots I remove ALL the compost & any roots that are not firm & white & repot them with fresh compost into the same pot they came out of. Just take care to leave at least a 1/4 of the bulb out of the compost.

30 Apr, 2021

 

Thank you so much,for such clear instructions,they are so helpful,to a novice Amaryllis grower ! :o) I did wonder if multi purpose compost compost would be suitable,which I have,ready for the forthcoming summer pots..

This will be tomorrows job,to firstly, check on the roots,and then follow on with whatever needs doing,or not,if all seems ok.
You are a little star,Balc,and I appreciate the very easy to follow instructions..even for me ! lol .
I will keep you posted on it's progress :o)

30 Apr, 2021

 

Sorry Chris,I seem to have bypassed your kind comment,and yes,I love the huge leaves too,I never expected them to grow so big,to be honest! I must be doing something right..for a change ! Lol x

30 Apr, 2021

 

It looks very nice and healthy. It should be blooming soon. The Amaryllis are blooming everywhere here outside in San Diego. We typically grow them outside in the garden here.

3 May, 2021

 

Well done Sandra , its looking good ,we'll look forward to seeing the flowers one day x

4 May, 2021

 

Thank you Delonix,As our flowering seasons are so different from yours, the ones here ,are usually in flower from late Autumn onwards.and many are bought as boxed Christmas gifts,as mine was.
How lovely to see them being grown outside, no chance of that here,I'm afraid !Lucky you :o).

4 May, 2021

 

Thanks Amy, I'm really pleased it's still doing so well,and amazed,to be honest ! lol. :o) x

4 May, 2021

 

It's very unlikely your bulb will flower for a second time this year - especially if it was a Christmas present. Like Hyacinths, these bulbs are forced so as to flower around Christmas time.

Their normal flowering period, if you do nothing to modify it, is about the same time as Daffodils. But changes in temps can cause it to come forward by a few weeks or even put it back by a few weeks.

When it is good & ready to flower you will see the bud tip poking out BESIDE the leaves on one side NOT in the middle. Then is the time to give it a little water but hold back from regular watering until the flowers have died or the leaves are growing strongly.

10 May, 2021

 

That's fine,Balcony, as long as it flowers again at some point,and I can hopefully keep it alive,that will do nicely, Lol.
I had no idea a bud would appear at one side, so thanks for explaining .I wouldn't have known to expect that. ! All these tips have been written down in my little notebook, which will be easier to access,at anytime..Thank you once again ,Balcony.. :o)

10 May, 2021

 

Only to happy to help, Bloomer! 👍

11 May, 2021



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