getting hippeastrum papilio to bloom

David Ehrlich
Wed, 16 May 2007 10:53:57 PDT
My experience with H. papilio is similar to John’s: for the first two years it bloomed spring and fall.  Then, I decided its pot was getting too crowded, so I divided and repotted.  That’s the last it ever bloomed for me; instead, it is producing offsets, and the new pots are getting as crowded as ever.  I was told that I am over-fertilizing the plants, which could have been, but I haven’t been this season.  However, I was wondering – perhaps I have planted the bulbs too high.  Should the bulb necks be at, above, or below ground (mine are in pots) level?
David Ehrlich
Redwood City, CA

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