when and how is the best to split hippeastrum bulbs
28 June 2013 09:15 PM
Crowded hippeastrum bulbs can be split during winter when they are dormant. When lifting, dig a fair distance away from the clump to avoid damage to the bulbs. Divide and plant immediately into a pot containing good quality potting mix or into a well prepared garden bed that is moist but not wet. Hippeastrums should be planted with their necks above the soil level, 15-20 cm apart. In pots 1/4 of the bulb should be above soil level. (Remove saucers to ensure good drainage of water. A slow release fertiliser such as Acticote for Pot, Planters and Garden beds/Yates Dynamic Lifter can be added at the time of planting and a seaweed solution such as Yates Dynamic Lifter Liquid Concentrate. It's a organically certified fertiliser, which contains seaweed, blood&bone and fish meal to help developing new roots and restoring healthy growth. Take care not to overwater.