Amaryllis bulbs produce large spectacular blooms usually once a year with up to six flowers on each stalk and up to two stalks per bulb. The flowers develop and bloom on a cascading schedule that can keep an amaryllis in bloom for up to two months time. Amaryllis blooms can be harvested for use as cut flowers or allowed to remain on the plant for longer lived bloom.
Harvest amaryllis blooms for use in flower arrangements by cutting the thick tubular stem down just above the top of the bulb with clean scissors or secateurs. Place the stem immediately into a clean vase of cool water and replace the vase water daily to prolong the life of the bloom. Keep the vase out of direct sunlight and in a cool room with ambient temperatures around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place potted amaryllis plants that are in bloom into a cooler growing space out of direct sunlight with temperatures right around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the soil around the bulb lightly moist but not soaking wet. Refrain from touching the flower petals to avoid the transfer of natural oils and bacteria.
Cut back the individual flowers at the top of the stalk as they fade to make room for the new blooms to open. When all of the flowers have finished blooming cut the flower stalk down to a few inches above the bulb top and compost or discard.
Feed your potted or garden grown amaryllis with a low nitrogen granular bulb fertilizer in the spring, early summer and again in fall after flowering to boost bloom and recharge the bulb. Apply according to bale directions around the base of the plant and water in deeply at each application.