Hippeastrelia “Durga Pradhan”
This is a hybrid between a red flowering Hippeastrum and
Sprekelia formosissima, the ‘Aztec Lily’.
This form of hybrid was originally done in India in the 1970’s and has been stable and self fertile since then. Flowers are intermediate between the regular tube flower of the Hippeasturm and the asymmetrical, almost orchid-like flower of the Sprekelia. In frost free and well draining soil, the bulbs can be left in the ground over winter,
otherwise they are best in pots, tubs or lifted in autumn. Seedling bulbs grow quickly and can flower in their third year. They also produce side bulbs early on.
Sow seeds at indoor temperatures in winter or early spring and
keep seedlings watered for 18 months without drying off over
their first winter. During their second winter they should be
allowed to dry off. Flowers are produced after the bulbs have
grown a full set of leaves which is usually in December. Seeds
are a mix of self crosses and crosses with Sprekelia
Approximate minimum seed count per pack