Amaryllis (Hippeastrum cvs.) are hard plants not to love. Their plump bulbs shoot up tall stalks topped with gorgeous, colorful blooms right when we need them most: during the winter doldrums. After they’re done flowering, however, what do we do with them? For many people, the answer is to toss them in the compost pile or trash bin and buy a new one next year. Who has time to take care of one more thing, right? Wrong. Dumping bulbs may sound like the easy way out, but bringing these plants back into bloom is simpler than one might think.
Some people say supervised neglect (an oxymoron, I know) is the key to getting amaryllis to rise again. But after shelling out good money for fat bulbs, it seems a shame to leave their fate to chance. Over the years, I have successfully brought my amaryllis back into flower with minimal difficulty. Other than watering, these plants ask for little care. But I know it never hurts to get a second opinion, so I went straight to the expert: John Bryan, author of Bulbs, the ultimate reference for these types of plants. He shared several helpful hints on how to bring these bulbs full circle.