Fertilizing and disease control on Hippeastrum

Carol Jensen jorna@mobilixnet.dk
Wed, 26 Oct 2005 11:36:58 PDT
At 19:02 26-10-2005, you wrote:
>I was wondering what the practices were of those out there that raise Hippeastrum when it comes to fertilizing and disease control.  How often do you fertilize and what type of fertilizer?  What fungicide is used for preventive measures? 

Hi Tyson,

My answer will not be those of the others, as I have always grown organically. I make my own compost and when it is about a year old I use it both for the vegetable garden and for my house plants. Since I live in Denmark, my 19 Hippeastrums (Hippeastra?) grow indoors; I'm much too old and lazy to carry them outdoors in the summer.

I have never used artificial fertilizer or any kind of pesticide or fungicide. But then, one doesn't need them indoors. In a warm climate outdoors there may be many pests. Organic gardeners disregard these. The humus in the soil seems to make plants so strong that they are healthy.

Carol (sorry for getting on the bandwagon again - this is the last time!) 

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