getting hippeastrum papilio to bloom

Jim lykos
Tue, 15 May 2007 04:09:28 PDT
Hi John,
I believe the problem is that you are not allowing them to become dormant 
sufficiently long. I had a similar problem for a number of years until I 
realised that contrary to most Hippeastrum species  H. papilio is late 
winter flowering. You are obviously growing them well but have not yet 
established a totally dry period to enforce a dormancy.
I would stop watering them from Autumn (Fall) and begin watering them 
lightly in mid winter.

Jim Lykos
Sydney Australia

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From: "john s smolowe" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 11:40 AM
Subject: [pbs] getting hippeastrum papilio to bloom

>i have 3 12" clay pots filled with h. papillio that don't bloom. i
> have them outdoors in the bay area spring to fall, and two are in an
> unheated greenhouse with little water in the winter and one pot is in
> a heated greehouse and gets watered.  all 3 just limp along. they
> were blooming when i bought them 10 years ago and seem to have made
> offsets, but no bloom. i fertilize them with the rest of my mix of
> orchids, bromeliads, gingers, ferns, etc, with various soluble
> fertilizers, alternated, at half-strength.
> do i divide them, fertilize more, different kind of rest, something
> else?
> i would search the archives, but i don't see a search function
> best,
> john
> menlo park, ca
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