Birds & Blooms

I keep my amaryllis plants outdoors in the spring and summer, and one year they bloomed! Is that normal, and should I expect that in the future?

- Peggy Haskin RACINE, WISCONSIN

Melinda: Summer blooms are not the norm but often occur when the plants are actively grown year-round. Winter and summer blooms appear on the same plant when you keep them growing and skip the dormant treatment. Giving amaryllis an eight- to 12-week rest period allows you to control the bloom time. Plants will emerge from dormancy—and usually bloom in four to six weeks— after you pot and begin watering them. Enjoy the summer bloom and consider actively growing a few of your plants year-round for multiple seasons of bloom.

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