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How do you take care of an Amaryllis plant?

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Pot amaryllis in a container that is 6 to 8 inches in diameter and use loose, well-draining soil, and place the plant in an area with bright, indirect sunlight. Provide the plant with water when the soil is dry, and add a liquid fertilizer on a regular basis. After flowering, cut the flower stalk off 2 to 3 inches above the bulb, and allow the bulb to become dormant for at least eight weeks to encourage new blooms.

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To pot an amaryllis bulb, place the bulb with the pointed end up in a heavy container, and add enough potting soil to cover two-thirds of the bulb. Lightly water the bulb until the new growth is 2 inches tall, and cut the flower stalk off 2 to 3 inches above the bulb after it turns yellow. Water the plant thoroughly when the top 2 inches of soil is dry.

Stop watering the plant, and allow the soil to dry out to force the plant into a dormant stage. Place the dormant bulb in a cool, dry place.

To promote flowering after dormancy, begin watering the plant lightly until new growth appears. When new growth appears, water the plant normally and use a recommended fertilizer. Repot the plant every three to four years directly after a dormant period.

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