Crop & cultivation

DSC01572Hippeastrum 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 10-17C is then required, prior to planting, if the plant is to flower the following season.