Space the bulbs out when planting in open ground. The distance between plants is three times the width of the bulb. Plant the bulb the depth of three times the bulb's height. Plant the bulbs in full sun or partial shade. Water the bulb immediately after planting. Don't water it until the soil feels dry to the touch.
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|Latin name:||Hippeastrum 'Papilio'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bulb or tuber|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Growing Height:||30 - 60 cm|
|Bulb circumference:||22 cm|
Hippeastrum ‘Papilio’ is very easy to bring into flower indoors. Choose a sturdy pot and cover the bottom of the pot with a layer of pot shards or hydro pellets. The bulb should be planted in fresh potting compost. Approximately one third of the large bulb should protrude above the soil level. Place the Hippeastrum ‘Papilio’ bulb immediately in a warm spot in full sun. Water immediately but do avoid watering on the bulb. Every few days turn the pot so that the plant gets equal amount of daylight.
A minimum amount of water is required until you see signs of growth, then you can water more also adding plant food to the water regularly. Stand the plant in a cool spot while flowering to prolong the blooms. Cut the stem right back after flowering.
Did you know that this beautifully coloured amaryllis comes into its own in a sheltered spot in the garden too? Do remember to lift the bulb and bring indoors well before the first frosts as it is not hardy.
Keeping Hippeastrum through the winter
Continue to water and feed your Hippeastrum ‘Papilio’ even after the flowering period so that the bulbs can store sufficient food. Stop watering in September as round about this time the leaves start to die. Keep the bulbs in a cool, dark place and repot in December to encourage growth once again.
Hippeastrum 'Papilio' has lovely shaped blooms in a unique shade of green, marked with burgundy stripes that make the whole just a feast for the eye. They also make a terrific cut flower and look great in flower arrangements.
Hippeastrum is also known by its 'old' name, amaryllis. Hippeastrum originated in South America and is categorised as Liliaceae, one of the Amayllidaceae. It was mistakenly named amaryllis by the botanist Linnaeus. Amaryllis is actually the name for a comparable variety from South Africa but the botanical genus is classified Hippeastrum.