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Hippeastrum 'Red Lion'


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Key information

Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


Hippeastrum 'Red Lion'

Plant details

Commonly known as amaryllis, Hippeastrum are popular flowering houseplants, often given as Christmas gifts. 'Red Lion' produces stunning, scarlet flowers. Before planting, pick off any dead or damaged pieces of root, leaving only healthy, fleshy roots. Make up a compost mix using equal parts of peat and perlite. Half-fill a plastic pot 2.5cm (1in) wider than the bulb with the compost mix and add compost around the roots so that one-third of the bulb shows. Water well and let the soil drain. Never leave pots standing in water. Begin feeding as soon as the shoot appears and continue on a weekly basis until flowering is over. Water plants as required, usually once or twice a week during winter and spring, and more frequently during summer. Mist spray leaves during the summer to increase the humidity around them.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Hippeastrum

Cultivar: Red Lion

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 40cm

Spread: 25cm

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