The old genus Haemanthus is split into true Haemanthus, listed here, and the related Scadoxus. The house plant "Haemanthus multiflorus", is in fact Scadoxus multiflorus!
Haemanthus is widespread in Southern Africa and it occupies many habitats. General cultivation is to pot them in a well-drained, sandy or gravelly soil, which contains some humus. Feed well and keep them growing when they want to be in leaf. Dry them off when they start to enter dormancy. Usually this means dry or drier in the summer, resuming watering in the autumn, when they will flower. This accommodates the desert and arid-land species but may not be ideal for the moister growing types, wintergreen types which like to be dry in summer! Experimentation may be needed to ideally suit all of the species.
Many Haemanthus are severely restricted in the wild and some are under intense pressure from Agriculture. Although some of ours are imported from South African nurseries, all are cultivated, nursery-raised plants.
Available for ordering from Spring and Autumn lists.