Amaryllis Leaves Stopped Growing?

March 22, 2007
Sprouting Amaryllis Bulb


My Amaryllis bulb (Red Lion) sprouted a tip of a leaf or stalk two weeks ago and stopped growing. Any ideas how to make it grow? The growth is green, just not getting bigger.

Alina from Hoffman Estates, IL



As long as you're satisfying all of its requirements for growth, I wouldn't worry too much, just make sure it's getting enough sun, keep the compost moist (not wet) and make sure the temperature of the room it's growing in falls in the mid-60's to mid-70's ranges. They are tropical bulbs, so they like moist soil, warm temps and plenty of light. At this stage in the plant's growth, you should also give it a _ strength liquid plant fertilizer every 2 to 4 weeks. The key to growing Amaryllis is really about temperature and light. Plants kept in warmer rooms grow faster and once you see new growth appear, they need a lot of sunlight (direct is okay) or they tend to get tall and floppy. As soon as the flowers start to open, move the plant out of direct sunlight and place it in a cooler part of the room. This will help the flowers last longer. As the blooms start to fade, snip off the flowers to keep the plant from expending energy for seed.




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January 14, 20070 found this helpful
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Is this the first season you have grown it?
I would move it to a sunnier location, and if there is a lot of dead (onion skin like) material around the bulb, pull some of that off. Also give it a little more water.

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April 15, 2017

I bought 2 amaryllis bulbs from the same shop. They were planted at the same time. One is starting to bloom, but the other stopped at one inch of growth. The outside leaves are about thumbprint size brownish green, but the insides are green.

What to try? Can I prune back the leaf layers and have it start over?


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How long has it been since you planted them? It's possible one can be a few weeks behind naturally. Make sure to give it a little room temp water to keep the soil slightly moist.

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April 15, 20170 found this helpful

Make sure it has plenty of light, a room in the 60s and 70s temperature wise, and plenty of light.

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April 16, 20170 found this helpful

Are your plants in the same style pot? Sometimes over watering or trying to grow bulbs in a container without proper drainage will stunt the growth and will kill/rot the roots.


I would try moving it to another container (with good drainage) and use a good potting soil.
Here is a good link with instructions for care of your amaryllis:

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April 16, 20170 found this helpful

Give it more time. Don't prune or peel it back.

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