Hippeastrum papilio

Fred Biasella arlen.jose@verizon.net
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 10:23:39 PST

Hi Bob,

My papilio does the same thing. I just wait until the spring, unpot the
whole thing and wash away the soil with the garden hose. This does two
things, it re-hydrated the roots and soil and it also helps to de-tangle the
roots so that it can be more easily pulled apart. I hope this helps.

Warm Regards,
Fred Biasella

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[mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Robert Hoel
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2012 10:58 AM
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Subject: [pbs] Hippeastrum papilio

I have a large pot of very overcrowded Hippeastrum papilio. Seems like this
happens every 3 - 4 years.  Because these never go dormant in the sense of
the non-evergreen Hippeastrum, in the past I have always just "hacked" the
clump apart to divide it.  Is there a recommended and more "humane" way to
go at this?  Perhaps letting the clump dry somewhat before starting?  It
seems they have always survived my efforts in the past.

Bob Hoel
Elmhurst, IL

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