Can I encourage my amaryllis (H) to make bulbs?

philothea(8)January 26, 2014

My friend gave us a lovely amaryllis and it is now flowering. It occurs to me that the flowers, if fertilized, would make new bulbs. Is there a way to encourage this? I can only find how to care for it so it will bloom again.

I am afraid its pot may be too small for it to produce bulbs.

Thanks for any information :)

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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

Not 100% sure what you are asking but it sounds like you want to pollinate the flowers? That would give you seed and then maybe seedlings which if cared for properly will bloom in maybe four years, probably much more :)
If the bulb is growing well it will produce offsets, regardless of pot size. Offsets will be larger and may bloom in as little as two or three years.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2014 at 9:14PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

In Z8, it should be hardy. It would grow best in the ground if so, and you have ground space for gardening. Do you see them in other people's yards around your area?

It's unlikely that an individual bulb can produce seeds. Ams are often self-sterile or self-incompatible.
"commonly reproduces through allogamy. One mechanism that limits self-pollination is that of self-incompatibility by which seeds are only produced by pollination from other plants.[50][51] Furthermore the plant generally releases its pollen about two days before its stigma is receptive, making cross-pollination more likely.[50]""
- Wiki

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 12:06PM
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I plant mine in the garden when the bloom is over. They won't bloom again this year, but if left in the garden they will bloom next year, about the end of May here. AL

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 9:58AM
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Thanks, everyone, for all your help :)

My amaryllis is still producing flowers! Luckily I didn't know it would be hardy here in Zone 8 as we have not had a zone 8 winter (shiver).

Well, I am really happy about this flower and I want to get some more for next year. It is wonderful to have flowers blooming in January and February!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 3:24PM
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