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In Melbourne when should Hippeastrum bulbs be rested and for how long to ensure they flower?

Submitted: 03:39AM, 24 Feb 2019
Answer: Hi Ron,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

Hippeastrums are a really hardy bulb and, depending on the variety you have, will flower in late Winter to Spring.
If you live in area with frost, we recommend keeping them as a potted specimen.

Prior to planting, improve the soil with compost, cow manure and ‘Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver and Plant Fertiliser’

In forst-free areas, we recommend dividing and/or planting bulbs in Autumn, in full-sun, with the tip of their necks exposed, plant 15-20 cm apart. Keep bulbs moderately dry during July and August.

It is unecessary to rest hippeastrum bulbs, however, if they are going to suffer from excess moisture and frost, it’s best to keep them as a potted specimen.

As the leaves start to develop, fertilise with ‘Yates Thrive Natural Roses & Flowers Organic Based Pelletised Plant Food’ as a complete, soil-conditioning fertiliser for more prolific blooming and healthy plant growth.

Joyful gardening!
Kind regards,

Elise
Yates Horticulturist

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