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Can a Hippeastrum be persuaded to flower in our cave-like house?

At the beginning of 2014, I was handed a Hippeastrum bulb (often called Amaryllis) and asked to plant it in an Oxford garden. Hippeastrums are tender, originating in tropical and sub-tropical South America, and would die outside so I offered to take it home with me instead to see if I could get it to flower again and this was agreed on.

Once home, I planted it with the top third of the bulb showing in a pot that allowed about 2.5cm of space between the bulb and the pot edge, as Hippeastrums prefer to be snug. The compost contained loam, for better drainage. The two limp leaves were supported against nearby plants so they didn’t droop any more and could get the sun. This done, it was given enough water to moisten the compost but not drench it, then set on a sunny windowsill.

amaryllis_may_7May 7 – the first new leaves

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