Steven hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Mon, 28 May 2012 14:19:46 PDT
Stressing of this type is successful with many ornamental trees & shrubs, but is not so successful with many bulbs.
I have plenty of experience with my hippeastrum hybrids being eaten by goats I'n peak seasons & I'n my experience it usually leads to a reduction of or lack of flowers, when this happens.  the energy necessary to produce new foliage is is waisted energy that could have been used by the plant for flower production. If you repeated this leaf cutting exercise too many times the bulb will eventually weaken & reduce I'n size & become more susceptible to disease & will be far less likely to flower.
There are chemicals that increase flowering & perhaps someone might have experimented with bulbs. I have used chemicals such as bonsai with fantastic success I'n flowering shrubs during the 80s. I'n ornamentals it reduces plant growth but increases the amount of growing tips & greatly increases budding. But the bonsai effect might be too overwhelming for bulbs. 

Steven :  )
Esk Queensland Australia
Summer Zone 5  Winter Zone 10

On 29/05/2012, at 2:24 AM, Robert Hoel <bob.hoel@comcast.net> wrote:

> Has anyone experimented with the hybridized Hippeastrum, a.k.a., commonly called Amaryllis, of partially (or completely) trimming back the foliage to force more leaf growth and thereby forcing more flower formation?  If so, I would be interested in hearing your results?
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