How to get Hippeastrum papillo to bloom?

Del Allegood
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 07:02:27 PDT
I don't know for certain why yours will not bloom,but I have several hundred and none of those in deep shade will bloom,no matter what their size.In Florida, direct sun is too harsh in the summer.Mine are most dormant in the hottest of the summer.It is very rare for them to lose their leaves.Papilio is not a reliable bloomer.I have had them bloom when fertilized and watered to the max,and I have had them bloom when starving and thirsty. They will,as well as many other Hippeastrum species,go without water up to three weeks without signs of stress.In Florida,they MUST be well drained,because it rains heavily while they're dormant.The ones which seem to do best for me are in afternoon shade,morning sun.Mine mostly bloom from January to april,but some times at any other part of the year,particularly in august. 

    On Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:43 AM, Sue Mandeville <> wrote:

 Hi All,

I’m Sue Mandeville from Eugene, Oregon, new to the PBS. Zone 7-8, wet
winters, dry summers. I joined because I wanted to find out how to get my
Hippeastrum papillo to bloom. Had it for years. Told it didn’t need a
dormant period, then read it needed two short dormant periods. Read it
liked to be pot bound, so when dormant I put it in a smaller pot. Read it
was epiphytic. Has 5 big bulbs. It’s starting to go dormant again. I’m
thinking I gave it too much nitrogen fertilizer, fertilizer suggestions and
timing would be welcome. I’m also thinking of putting it in an orchid type
pot with bark chips and peat…does this sound OK? Other than no blooms, it’s
a very healthy plant. Thanks, Sue

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