Crop & cultivation
Hippeastrum is a bulbous crop which, due to its subtropical origin, is preferably grown at relatively high temperatures. The plant is propagated commercially by bulblets, twin scaling or chipping. Two growing seasons of 8-10 months each are generally required to achieve a mature bulb of flowering size from bulblets or twin scales. A rest period of at least 8 weeks at 10-17o C is then required, prior to planting, if the plant is to flower the following season.