Just now my wife cut down the last flower of our #Hippeastrum collection. Then she looked at her notes. We had 120 flowers this season! Amazing. It all started with one or two I bought many years ago, and another two or three my hairdresser gave me when I told him he shouldn't throw them away. And the rest was all budding and grown seeds (just once, but it was enough to add dozens of plants).
@kensanata I have my first offset! The empire begins!
Mine have cycled themselves around to bloom in summer. I should dry them out sooner in early autumn, I guess?
@clew I live in Switzerland so what I do is I watch for the temperature outside at night: when it reaches 5°C, I cut off all the leaves and move them to the cellar. Our cellar has about 16°C and 70% humidity, I think; previous cellars where much warmer. There, they are stored without light and water but without disturbing their pot. After a few weeks, or if they sprout, I move them back up, and start watering them. Usually that means down in October and back up in December.
@clew Yeah, I just assume that they had all summer to do that, and even though I try to remember to give them less water in the weeks up to their winter sleep, I often forget. Also, since we have so many, we start moving a pot or two per week and then we bring them up again, similarly timed. That’s how the blooming lasts from December to April.