The first one of my Hippeastrum collection to flower this year:
|Hippeastrum cybister x papilio 'Lima'|
Blooming the third season for me, this year's first flower scape at 24 inches tall holding 4 blooms and a second flower scape is pushing up.
This Amaryllis is the cross between the species Hippeastrum cybister with thin, spidery petals and the species Hippeastrum papilio pale green with burgundy stripes on its petals
I don't treat the cybister hybrids any different from the rest of my Amaryllis.
- I keep my Amaryllis collection potted and I bring them in the house when in bloom to be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers.
- After the flowers fade, I cut off the scape, re-pot and divide if necessary, give each a good sprinkle of bone meal, and stick the pots somewhere into the flower bed in part shade and forget about them.
- The plants grow their leaves and during the warm months of the year they get lots of water by rain and sprinkler system, and I feed them along with the other plants in the flower border.
- Come autumn I cut off the leaves and set all my potted Amaryllis in the dry area on the potting shelf.
- I bring them into the garage only if the temperature drops below 30F.
- The bulbs know when they have rested long enough and as soon as I see new growth I start watering that particular pot.