ghostrider
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Naked Lady plant

My Naked Lady plant leaves are dying, do I take them off or leave them on? Does anyone know how long after the leaves die do the flower stalks come up? My other two little sprouts are now getting taller, they are NOT the Amaryllis Hippestrum that you can force to grow for the holidays, but a friend on another web page is sending me some that are the Hippestrum and when I get them do I pot them up immediatlely or let them go dormant? They said it would be at least 3 weeks before they send them. :?

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These are indoors? You wouldn't have naked lady leaves outdoors in Jan here in Ohio. I have only grown naked ladies (aka resurrection lily, surprise lily, magic lily) outdoors in the ground. In the ground the leaves die back and pretty much disappear on their own. Indoors you could take them off once they are all yellow and wilted. Outdoors the leaves appear in spring and are gone by June, then flower stalk comes up in August. That's why it is "surprise lily" -- by the time the flower stalk appears, the plant has been long gone and forgotten. And it is magic because the flower stalk is so fast growing; if you aren't watching carefully it is like suddenly you have a tall stalk with a flower bud where (practically) yesterday there was nothing.

The Amaryllis bulb is one that was forced and bloomed for the holiday and so hasn't had any dormant period yet? Then I would pot it up, but keep it in some kind of cool dry unlit storage for at least six weeks. I don't grow Amaryllis, but here's an article about their life cycle:

https://www.rochestergardening.com/bulbs/amrylcar.html
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naked lady plant

The leaves are all off the first bulb, and now comes the waiting period again, just thought I would let you know that, the last ones came off today, so now is the time to start counting the days and watching what happens, I think I heard that it will take 2 months for the stem to emerge, geez, I think I used up all my patience waiting for the leaves to grow. now I have to have patience again for the flowers.

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"Outdoors the leaves appear in spring and are gone by June, then flower stalk comes up in August. That's why it is "surprise lily" -- by the time the flower stalk appears, the plant has been long gone and forgotten"

yup, two months :)
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