What is the difference between Amaryllis and Hippeastrum?

What is the difference between Amaryllis and Hippeastrum?

To put it simply, the true Amaryllis is a bulb from South Africa with only one species in the genus (Amaryllis belladonna). By contrast, Hippeastrums* are from Central and South America with 90 species and over 600 cultivars in the genus – and these are the flowers commercially sold in the UK around Christmas.

What do you do with Hippeastrum after flowering?

"You kill a Hippeastrum if you look after him! They take very little care. You simply plant them into the ground and throw a bit of water over them.

How do you care for Hippeastrum?


  1. After flowering, cut down spent flower spikes to the base, but keep the leaves growing on by careful watering and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser weekly.
  2. Place the bulbs in their pots outside or in the greenhouse during the summer months, but shade them from scorching sunshine and water regularly.

How do you get Hippeastrum to flower again?

A To encourage hippeastrum (amaryllis) to flower for a second year, they need a period of rest during autumn. In mid-October position your plant in as light a place as possible, where the temperature will remain between 10°C and 13°C.

What do you feed Hippeastrums?

Water sparingly. Once shoots start to appear, feed every 2-3 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food which will bolster the bulbs nutrient supplies for a great flower display.

How do you divide Hippeastrum bulbs?

Crowded hippeastrum bulbs can be split during winter when they are dormant. When lifting, dig a fair distance away from the clump to avoid damage to the bulbs. Divide and plant immediately into a pot containing good quality potting mix or into a well prepared garden bed that is moist but not wet.

Why are the leaves on my amaryllis turning yellow?

Leaves turning yellow – It's normal for the leaves to turn yellow as the plant starts to go into dormancy (usually in the fall). However, if your amaryllis gets yellow leaves during its active growing season, then it could be caused by overwatering or bulb rot.

Should I cut back my amaryllis?

After the amaryllis has stopped flowering, it can be made to flower again. Cut the old flowers from the stem after flowering, and when the stem starts to sag, cut it back to the top of the bulb. Leaf Growth and Development.

How often should you fertilize amaryllis?

every two weeks

Why is my amaryllis only growing leaves?

Amaryllis grows leaves but no flowers if you try to get the plant to rebloom too quickly. The bulb needs time to store up nutrients, followed by an essential dormant period. ... During this time your amaryllis has no flowers, just leaves. Only then should you stop watering and let the bulb dry out.

Should you feed Amaryllis?

Feed your burgeoning amaryllis with standard tomato fertiliser every 10 days as it grows, and remember to keep that soil moist. Once your amaryllis begins to flower, you can make the blooms last longer by moving the plant to a cooler spot.

Will amaryllis bloom more than once?

Although amaryllis are typically only sold around the holidays, they can be grown successfully year-round and bloom again as long as they receive proper care.