Amaryllis Trouble

Diana Chapman
Mon, 29 Oct 2007 18:10:32 PDT
All bulbs draw on their food reserves to make new leaves, so this would 
account for some shrinking of the bulb.  Most commercially offered 
Hippeastrums also have had their roots removed, so they also have to draw on 
stored reserves to make new roots.  This is a huge draw off the bulb, so no 
wonder it gets smaller! Just think of those big leaves, and the roots, plus 
the flower and flower stem -- where does the energy come from to make them?? 
From the bulb;  therefore the bulb shrinks.  This happens normally, and that 
is what those food reserves in the bulb are for.  Food reserves are then 
replaced through photosynthesis of the leaves.    They shouldn't get smaller 
every year, though, and if they do they are not being fertilized enough and 
possibly are planted in too small a pot.  It takes at least two years for a 
commercially grown Hippeastrum minus its roots to recover and make another 
flower bud, which will not show up until the third year.

Telos Rare Bulbs 

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