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Hippeastrum (Galaxy Group) 'Minerva'

A large, tender perennial bulb grown as a houseplant, with long, strap-shaped green leaves. Clusters of large, bright red flowers with white centres are produced on upright stems in winter or early spring

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red White Green
Summer
Autumn
Winter Red White Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Potentially harmful
Harmful if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Hippeastrum are deciduous bulbous perennials with slightly fleshy, strap-shaped leaves and stout, leafless stems bearing umbels of large, funnel-shaped flowers usually in winter or spring

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant bulbs in autumn in loam-based potting compost with the neck and shoulders above the soil surface. Place in bright filtered or full light and water sparingly until in active growth, then water freely and apply a dilute, balanced liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks. After flowering reduce watering as the leaves die off; keep dry when dormant. Pot on every 3-5 years in autumn. See Hippeastrum cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate seed as soon as they are ripe. Keep seedlings growing without a dormant period to encourage early flowering, bulbs will take three to five years to flower. Alternatively, propagate by removing bulb offsets in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Cut back flowering stems as they go over. Cut back leaves as they go yellow, when bulb is going into dormancy

Pests

May be susceptible to bulb scale mite and narcissus bulb fly

Diseases

May be susceptible to fungal diseases

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