How to harvest Hippeastrum
Flowers can be harvested for the vase, or seeds can be harvested from the ripe seed capsules.
How to propagate Hippeastrum
Divide and replant over-crowded bulbs while dormant in Autumn or Spring.
Harvest seed in autumn and sow in spring, viable seed may not be produced on some hybrids, but if it is, the offspring won’t have the same charactiristics (including same color) as the parent!
Special features of Hippeastrum
Plant individually into small pots or group in larger pots spaced 20-30cm appart, use a good-quality, free-draining potting or soil mix.
Cover the soil of indoor containers, with pebbles, moss or a shade-tolerant groundcover, place pot in a warm, but not hot, semi-shady position, needs bright light for flowering and healthy leaves.
Red, pink, salmon, orange, white, yellow, pale green with some variations including multi colouring, with different coloured mottling, stripes or edges on the petals.
Other uses of Hippeastrum
Border, container, cutting bed
The pretty awesome flowers gave rise to many selected cultivars - often also more cold hardy and smaller sizes, but the most popular is still a huge red trumpet flower!