Haemanthus advice

Fred Biasella arlen.jose@verizon.net
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:09:57 PDT
Hi Barb,

I had a very similar experience an H. albiflos in a local nursery. When I
found it tucked in a corner with a bunch of others, it was kind of growing
ok (except for a few mealies), so I decided to repot it with my standard
well draining clivia mix when I got home. Well, that was a big mistake!!! I
thought I was doing it a favor, instead, it started to rot. I unpotted it,
cleaned of all the rotted tissue and let it dry for a few days. I then
dusted it with some rooting hormone with fungicide and planted it in a 50/50
mixture of pumice and perlite (no organic material at all). It seems to be
doing well in that it flowered and has produced a pot full or roots. I hope
this helps.

Warm Regards,
Fred Biasella
Cambridge (Boston) MA

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Subject: [pbs] Haemanthus advice

I was at a local nursery today and found this haemanthus tucked away in
a corner of one of the greenhouses. One of the owners said he didn't
know what kind it was but said it had a white flower. Can I assume it is
a haemanthus albiflos?

It looks like it has been in its pot for some time and there are a lot
of dead roots on it. Is this a good time to repot? Should I remove as
much of the dead roots as possible?  Would it be a good idea to increase
the size of the pot or leave it in the same pot? Any other general
advice is always appreciated :)

Here are some pictures of it:

West Suburbs of Chicago, IL
Zone 6A

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