The Best Head in Four Years!

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    Jan 26, 2013 5:02 AM GMT
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    My amaryllis bulb is flowering for the fourth year in a row and not only does it have three flower heads on the one stalk, but a second stalk is coming up behind it.

    To make your bulbs last year after year, cut off the stalk when the flower and stalk wither, but let the leaves grow and give it ample sunshine for about 8 months. Water like any houseplant when dry (don't let it sit in water though).

    Then cut off all the leaves and put in a semi-dark area and don't water for about two months. Then water it once and put into the light and wait for the stalk to come out again in about two weeks. Then water when dry.

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  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 26, 2013 8:11 AM GMT
    Very nice ... you have green fingers icon_biggrin.gif
    I've had several Amarilisis die on me, I didn't realize that you only take them out of the light for a couple of months. I always thought you just put them away in August and pull them back out in April ... thanks for the tip
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    Jan 26, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    The best head in years . . . LOL icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gif
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    Jan 26, 2013 5:17 PM GMT
    Damn...and I was expecting something to get my day started!
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    Jan 26, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    I could have sworn this thread would have been about fellatio!
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    Jan 26, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    Very pretty. Love them. thanks for sharing the tip icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 26, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    You're right. That's some good head.
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    Jan 26, 2013 7:16 PM GMT
    I'll best honest...I almost fell for it...icon_lol.gif

    Beautiful heads
  • CityofDreams

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    Jan 26, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    That head is so red, probably from all of the overstimulation from the sun.
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    Jan 26, 2013 7:19 PM GMT
    This is very gay. icon_cool.gif
  • Montague

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    Jan 26, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    And here I knew to expect vegetation. hah
  • Webster666

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    Jan 26, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    Really beautiful.
    I've never been able to get them to survive past the first year.
    I probably didn't follow your instructions.
    I wish I had bought some of these, this year.
    Probably too late, now...
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    Jan 26, 2013 11:20 PM GMT
    thanks for the advice, the 2nd stalk on mine is just starting to wither. I thought you let the whole plant go dormant so I'm glad you posted.
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    Jan 26, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
    Import saidI could have sworn this thread would have been about fellatio!

    So did I...so depressed now
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    Jan 26, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    Oh, and this really amazed me. I got last year's poinsettia to re-bloom. Basically, once the colored bract leaves fell off, I put it in bright indirect light all year and watered it like any houseplant. You never want these or the bulb above to sit in water or they will get root rot. That's probably the mistake most people make.

    Anyway, to get a poinsettia to rebloom you're supposed to give it like six weeks of full darkness for 12 hours a day, then bring it out in the light. I only did it for like six days and just kept forgetting. Surprisingly, a month later some of the leaves had a red tint to them. Then it formed full bracts. I was like, no way! It's been bloomed like this for about two months now. We'll see if I can get it to do it next year too.

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    Jan 26, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    willie45 saidthanks for the advice, the 2nd stalk on mine is just starting to wither. I thought you let the whole plant go dormant so I'm glad you posted.


    Yeah, it's the sunlight taken in by the remaining leaves that produces the energy it stores in the bulb for the next flowering season. So keep it like a houseplant for eight months and the leaves will grow a bit.
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    Jan 27, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidMy amaryllis bulb is flowering for the fourth year in a row and not only does it have three flower heads on the one stalk, but a second stalk is coming up behind it.

    To make your bulbs last year after year, cut off the stalk when the flower and stalk wither, but let the leaves grow and give it ample sunshine for about 8 months. Water like any houseplant when dry (don't let it sit in water though).

    Then cut off all the leaves and put in a semi-dark area and don't water for about two months. Then water it once and put into the light and wait for the stalk to come out again in about two weeks. Then water when dry.

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    I've been growing amaryllis plants for 12 years (I can't kill them - they're indestructible). I've even cross pollinated them, developed seeds, and grown more plants from these (and the babies flowered).

    You're correct about cutting back the stalk and watering, but you don't have to put it in a dark area for two months. The amaryllis plant does not have a dormancy / hibernation stage as some other plants do. It will re-bloom naturally on it's own schedule.

    The flower shoots take about 2 years to develop within the bulb. If you want to force a bloom at a specific time of year, all you have to do is stop feeding (fertilizer) 3-4 months before the expected bloom time, and stop watering 12 weeks before. The plant will react to the "near death" shock by desperately using the water and energy stored in the bulb for one final act of sexual reproduction (the flower). Of course, as soon as the flower stalk appears, you begin to water and fertilize again so that the plant lives a nice healthy life.

    Congratulations on such a beautiful amaryllis. You've done well!
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    Jan 27, 2013 8:55 AM GMT
    I love this thread.
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    Jan 27, 2013 9:04 AM GMT
    i was thinking beer
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    Jan 27, 2013 9:22 AM GMT
    Purty. Keep it away from pets!
  • Karl

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    Jan 27, 2013 9:39 AM GMT
    beautiful !
  • Beeftastic

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    Jan 27, 2013 10:04 AM GMT
    I have a cactus that stays outside and gets neglected, yet every year it produces amazing huge flowers about 8 inches across. Here are some pics of it, one with my cat Bramble.

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    Jan 27, 2013 11:03 AM GMT
    In the sunny Gulf South amaryllis grow in the garden with no effort whatsoever. You just plant the bulb in the ground and forget it.
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    Jan 27, 2013 1:00 PM GMT
    There are pic's so it must have happened.

    Damn...now I have to bring home all the dieing one's from work, I almost through out yesterday and give it another go; maybe this time next year, I'll get great head too?
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    Jan 27, 2013 1:53 PM GMT
    I have 4 amaryllis bulbs going and I just cut back the one flower stalk I got. Apparently i'm really bad at getting them to re-flower. A few years ago I got 2 flower heads but one broke off! I love watching things grow, always have since I was little.