Already knew? The amaryllis is not a disposable item, but a perennial bulb plant. Those who take good care of the tropical beauty after blooming in spring and summer can expect renewed blooms in winter.
Amaryllis – or more correctly: knight’s stars (hippeastrum) – adorn the winter dining tables and window sills in many households. With their large, elegant flowers, the bulb flowers are a real asset in the dark season. Unfortunately, even with the best care, the splendor of a knight’s star does not last forever and at some point, the beautiful star blossoms will fade. In most cases, the amaryllis is thrown in the trash after flowering. But that’s a shame and actually not necessary, because, like most other onion flowers, knight stars are perennial and, with proper care, can bloom again next winter.
What do you do when the amaryllis has faded?
As soon as the amaryllis has faded in February / March, cut off the withered flowers together with the stem. Continue to water the plant regularly and add some liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water every 14 days to stimulate leaf growth. After the growth phase, the amaryllis starts to rest from August.
What happens after the amaryllis blooms?
If you have placed your amaryllis plant in the right place and watered it carefully, you can look forward to flowers until February, sometimes even until the end of March, depending on the variety. From April the amaryllis season will be over for good. When the amaryllis has faded, it switches – unlike domestic onion flowers – not to dormant mode, but growth mode first. This means that it sheds its flower and puts more energy into leaf growth.
If the knight’s star is cared for further, new, large leaves will sprout before the onion plant enters the dormant phase from August. During this time, the plant gathers strength to develop its sensational flowers again in winter. This life cycle is not based on summer and winter like that of tulips, crocuses, and hyacinths, but the alternation of dry and rainy seasons in the subtropical home of the knight’s star.
Knight stars only sprout leaves during the summer
Properly care for the amaryllis after flowering
If you want to cultivate your knight star for several years, you should put the plant outside after flowering. She feels most comfortable in a sheltered, shady, or partially shaded place on the terrace or balcony. Daytime temperatures of up to 26 degrees are just the thing for the sun worshiper. Protect the plant from the blazing sun, otherwise, the leaves will burn.
Cut off the withered flowers along with the stem and let the leaves stand. Now, depending on how warm the new location is, you have to water the amaryllis more often so that it does not dry out. To promote leaf growth, add some liquid fertilizer to the irrigation water every 14 days. In this growth phase, the amaryllis creates both nutrient reserves and the new flower in the bulb, so it is extremely important for a new flower.
When will my amaryllis bloom again?
In November the flower bulb is repotted and watered – a new flower stalk will soon sprout
In rare cases, the amaryllis blooms a second time in early summer, but this is not the rule. During the summer, only the long leaves of the amaryllis can be seen. From August, the knight’s star finally enters the resting phase. Now you don’t pour any more and let the leaves of the knight’s star dry up. Then you put the plant in a cool, dark place at around 15 degrees Celsius. In November the flower bulb gets a new substrate. To have new flowers punctually for Advent, the soil is moistened at the beginning of December and the pot with the onion is lighted up again. Within a short time, the knight’s star comes to life and a new flowering phase begins.