The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Amaryllidaceae.

Hippeastrum Genus of about 80 species of bulbous perennials from Central and South America. Hippeastrum is often confused with Amarillis. Both plants produce clusters of trumpet-like flowers on thick stalks. Hippeastrum blooms in winter or spring (and real Amaryllis blooms in autumn).
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth - minimum 55 F in winter. Well-lit but away from direct sunlight. Keep compost moist at all times from spring to autumn - water moderately in winter. Sponge leaves occasionally. Detach offsets from mature plants in summer. Sow seed at 61-64 F (16-18 C) as soon as ripe. Keep seedlings growing without a dormant period to encourage early flowering.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

3rd Mar 2010
I have a pot with three in it and it started sprouting December 18,2010 and was in full bloom by March 3 with 10 large blooms. It is beautiful.
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