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This is a fascinating species as it has large handsome, thick leaves with an unusual flower in the shape of a large paintbrush and red berries as fruit. This species is an endemic species to Southern Africa with its long flowering season makes this species a must have in any temperate garden. As it is easy to grow and does not mind neglect this plant is perfect for any amateur gardener to plant.
A good indicator to harvest your Haemanthus seeds is when they are red, soft and ripe.
Sow seeds when they are bright red and soft, into a sandy mixture at a depth of 1 mm into the soil leaving it partially exposed. Space them 20 cm apart. Be patient as it takes a long time for germination to take place.
Divide the large clumps every 5 to 6 years, collect and plant the offsets with their necks above the soil line, and space them 20 cm apart.
Attracts useful insects
This species attracts beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies and moths.
Nectar drinking sunbirds.
A very successful indoor plant where it is too tender to be grown outdoors, and thrives on "healthy neglect". It prefers not to be in full sun, and is tolerant of under-watering.
Great potted plant for outdoors in dappled light and indoor plant with bright indirect light. Pots need not be deep as the roots spread out horizontally.
Very tolerant of under-watering.
Southern Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Used in traditional medicine to treat chronic coughs.
Can be grown outdoors or indoors in pots or in the soil.
Pests include the lily borer, and mealybugs. Diseases include soft rot, and anthracnose.