1109_P1020305Strictly speaking the popular plant we grow here in Kenya are all Hippeastrum, which are native to Central and South America, while the true Amaryllis, a South African plant is very rarely seen.

The plant breeders have worked on Hippeastrum for many years and today there is a vast number of hybrids in the colours ranging from pure white through pinks, oranges, reds and stripes.

They can be grown in pots or in the garden, but do better in the warmer areas below 2,000 m elevation.

In pots place a layer of stones in the bottom to ensure good drainage and use a good potting mix with added compost and bonemeal that drains freely. The nose and shoulder of the bulb must be above the soil leavel. Place the pot in a well lit area with dappled shade or occasional sun. Water well once every 2 or three days. Hippeastrum can also be grown in the garden in groups of 3 or 5 in well draining soil, letting them rest in the dry and cold seasons.

Taken from Plants Galore Newsletter
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The caterpillar is called Amaryllis caterpillar and can destroy your bulbs

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