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I've had an amaryllis bulb in a pot for about 5 years now and the bulb hasn't been doing much for, I reckon, over 6 months. When should I consider getting rid of it? Could it have run its course?

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To clarify, do you mean Hippeastrum? - most cultivars sold as "amaryllis" are actually Hippeastrum. Historically botanists confused the two genera. – winwaed Dec 6 '11 at 13:41
Here in central North Carolina they can be planted outside. – ncmathsadist Dec 15 '11 at 0:55

My amaryllis bulb is about 26 years old and blooms twice every year without fail. I have it in an east facing window, and I water it as and when I remember! I feed it with Gro-more twice a year as the main stalk starts to show (only adding to one watering each blossoming time). I honestly do not pamper this bulb, never take it out of the window (even in winter but central heating usually keeps house at about 20 degrees), forget to water regularly (sometimes the leaves start to droop a little) and yet it still gives me 2 beautiful displays every year. The bulb has almost filled the pot for the last 6 years, so I took it from the pot 6 weeks ago, cut back the roots (there was very little soil left anymore) and put some new soil in. I thought I had killed it but it is proudly showing 4 deep red blooms on the stalk. I do strip off the dead 'skins' on the bulb when it gets very flaky - a gentle pull brings most of it off. Hope this helps.

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I would re-pot it and fertilize it and keep it moist for a while, and if nothing happened in a couple of months, I would get rid of it.

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my amaryllis bulb is now 21 years old I leave it in a pot year round in the house some years it blooms twice

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You would improve this answer if you described how you care for your plant: the amount of light it receives, temperatures, feeding and watering schedule, etc. – Niall C. Apr 6 '14 at 23:33
@NiallC. is right, Lori. Please give us some more detail on how you keep them, what temperature, etc. – Neeku Nov 15 '14 at 20:12

My Grandpa has one in his living room that belonged to his mother. She has been gone for 38 years, so we figure at the minimum it is 40 years old. He said it had 9 different blossoms this year but only blooms once per year.

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I have a amaryllis plant .It is planted in the ground in the back yard and has been there over 50 years. No special care just watering. Brenda H. Houston, Tx. March 2016

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