How To Care For Hippeastrum

Hippeastrum

Hippeastrum are beautiful plants to grow in your garden or home – they are flowering bulbs commonly sold during the winter months as they easily bloom indoors.

Hippeastrum are often commonly (but incorrectly) known as Amaryllis.

 

How To Grow

When you buy a Hippeastrum bulb it already has a perfect embryo flower formed and is ready to be planted.

  • Soak the roots of the newly purchased Hippeastrum bulb in a cup or glass of lukewarm water.
  • Make sure that just the roots are submerged in the water and keep the base of the bulb above the water.
  • Leave the roots in the water overnight and it will be ready to plant the next day.
  • Plant the bulb in a 6” container. Fill it one third with a well draining potting mix.
  • Place the bulb in the centre of the pot. Sprinkle some bone meal around the roots. Bone meal promotes a healthy root system and vibrant flowers.
  • Cover the bulb to the point that the neck of the bulb is above soil level.
  • Water the pot thoroughly with lukewarm water and place your newly potted bulb in front of a well lit window.
  • Do not water again until you see some growth in the leaves or flower stalk.
  • During the growing period keep the potting medium moist.

Most Hippeastrum produce two flower stalks with each stalk producing four to six flowers.

 

After Care

  • When your Hippeastrum has finished flowering cut off the flower stalk but let the leaves grow until August or September.
  • Keep the plant in good light, water regularly, and fertilize every other week.
  • In August or September stop watering and fertilizing.
  • Store the bulb in the pot in a dark place and it will become dormant.
  • In December or January remove most of the soil from the top of the container until the roots are exposed.
  • Sprinkle some bone meal around the roots and cover with fresh potting medium add some water and in a couple of months your bulb will reward you again with beautiful flowers.

Hippeastrum

Hippeastrum are native to the tropical and subtropical regions from Mexico south to Argentina and throughout the Caribbean. Hippeastrum is a Greek word meaning “Horseman’s Star”. Today they are also known as Knights Star.