A genus of the Amaryllidaceae found only in South America. They present a fascinating array of species many of which have never even been in cultivation.
Those few that have actually been introduced, have often died out as the entire genus seems susceptible to viral infections.
Out of the limited introductions a few species seem resistant and have survived and proven to be both growable and excellent, these are the ones to aim for I suspect!
Hippeastrum are not hardy in the UK but they are easy under frost-free, or warmer, glass. They like to be potted, in a fibrous yet fertile and well-drained compost with about 35% of the bulb above the soil surface, after which they should be watered on a little, until roots are well established. Then regular watering and light feeding can be given. Top growth should be allowed to die away when it yellows and a brief, dry rest given in the pot. Disturb them as little as possible, repotting only ever 3-4 years.
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