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Hippeastrum papilio

This is a discussion on Hippeastrum papilio within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This plant almost ended up in the compost bin some years back because it would ...

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    Default Hippeastrum papilio

    This plant almost ended up in the compost bin some years back because it would never bloom for me. This year, it has 5 scapes.

    Threats of death can be the best bloom booster.



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    Mine bloomed this year, but not last. It almost left the house too, but I only got one scape. I think you may be more convincing in your threats than I. Good growing!

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    Wow - that's a nice trash heap poster child! Maybe worth a year's repreive! What made the difference - more or less light?

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    I am lost for words, and u know by now that I am never lost for words!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper
    What made the difference - more or less light?

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    Julie - I think this was just a case of the plant needing to get established for a few years before it was happy. It is very root bound now. Sometimes simple things like that can make the difference. I've really been growing it the same way all these years.

    The funny thing is I also have two other orchids that hadn't bloomed in 5-6 years and were all threatened with the compost pile this year. They are now blooming their little heads off.

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    Kev, that's just gorgeous. Where did you get such a thing? Do you grow it outside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Kev, that's just gorgeous. Where did you get such a thing? Do you grow it outside?
    Thanks Louis

    They aren't that hard to come by. I bought mine at a local garden center. This is one of the evergreen types, so in theory you have to keep it going all year round. I did that for the first 6 years or so and then chopped it back last fall and stuck it in the basement for the winter. Just didn't want another plant to take care of through the winter. I do grow it outside for the summer with tons of fertilizer.

    I think a lot of people try these and give up after a few years because they don't get flowers. Mine took at least 3-4 years to bloom for the first time. I thnk they just need to settle in.

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    I wonder if it just needed that break to produce the flower... was it colder in the basement? maybe the change in amount of light could have also triggerred it off... that is one gorgeous plant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TundraKev
    I think a lot of people try these and give up after a few years because they don't get flowers. Mine took at least 3-4 years to bloom for the first time. I thnk they just need to settle in.
    I know most Hippeastrum bloom much better when they're very potbound; I think that has a lot to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue
    I know most Hippeastrum bloom much better when they're very potbound; I think that has a lot to do with it.
    I think you're right Sue. This one is very, very potbound. The top of the soil is even a total mass of roots.

    You grow this one right? Do I have to keep it green all year round? Another grower told me it's OK to remove the foliage in the fall after it has died and store it cool. Up until last fall, I had been keeping it green all year round, but last year I started withholding water in early fall and let the foliage die back. It sprouted again in January. Any opinion would be greatly appreciated.

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