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Barbados Lily    

Hippeastrum puniceum

Barbados Lily is part of the Hippeastrum genus and its scientific name is Hippeastrum puniceum.

One of several bulb type plants commonly sold around December and given as gifts. The flowers are usually forced, or made to bloom at a different time of year then they would naturally, in order for people to enjoy the large blooms in winter time.

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Cadmium red and   Floral white. When mature, blooms are roughly 15.0 cm (that's 5.85 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a funnel form, with an approximate petal count of 5. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Office Green colour. A type of flower, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Barbados Lily is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This plant tends to bloom in early winter, followed by first harvests in mid summer. Barbados Lily is a great plant to attract butterflies to your garden.

Brazil is believed to be where Barbados Lily originates from.

Barbados Lily is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Barbados Lily is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Barbados Lily have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Barbados Lily

  • Indoor

  • Medium

After flowering cut the stems back to the bulb and let the leaves grow. Place plant outside when warm enough if desired. In the fall when leaves start to yellow cut them off and remove bulb from soil. Let dry and place in cool (40-55F) dry place for at least six weeks.
Do not store bulbs near apples.1 Do not use fertilizer with too much nitrogen as this may prevent blooming and encourage disease.4
Bulbs in zone 8 or more can stay planted in the ground all year.

Barbados Lily likes a position of indoor lighting and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 6 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Barbados Lily requires a potting mix soil with a ph of 5.5 - 6.5 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Barbados Lily is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Barbados Lily to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Barbados Lily from seed

Lay the seeds on their side on sterile potting soil and cover lightly with soil and water. Seeds should germinate in 4-6 weeks.3 Plants grown from seed usually will not flower for 2-3 years.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Barbados Lily about 7 days after your last frost date .

Transplanting Barbados Lily

Soak bulb in warm warm just before planting.
Do not cover ‘neck’ or top of the bulb.
Plant bulb 8 weeks before you would like them to flower.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Barbados Lily is a tender plant.

By our calculations*, you should look at planting out Barbados Lily about 18 days after your last frost date.

Harvesting Barbados Lily

Seeds can be harvested after the seed pod ripens and opens. Bulblets can be removed from the mother bulb. Bulbs may be dug up and divided (harvested) at any time, if the new bulbs are large enough. Works best if the new bulbs are at least 1/3 of the size of the mother bulb before harvesting.2
Ideal harvest time is during the start of the dry season for your location, which is usually MidSummer to Late Summer for most of the USA.

Common Barbados Lily problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Barbados Lily plants:

Viruses:These cause a blotchy or mottled appearance on the foliage. Dispose of plant to prevent spreading the virus.2
Wilt bacteria and other bacterial diseases- Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers and avoid overly compacted, poorly draining, soils.
Fungus: Same prevention tips as for bacterial diseases. Rarely a problem with amaryllis as houseplants.2

Spider Mites: Reduce population by forceful spray of water. Control with an application of an approved miticide.2

Thrips: Because of the scraping-sucking mouth parts, thirps can be one of the causes for the amaryllis to fail flowering. Control by spraying with a forceful water spray and the use of an approved systemic insecticide.2

Barbados Lily Etymology

“Hippeastrum” is Greek for “horseman’s star” (also known today as “knight’s star”). Also local common name of “Schoolhouse Lily.”

Barbados Lily Folklore & Trivia

Also local common name of “Schoolhouse Lily.”

Other names for Barbados Lily

Barbados lily, Christmas lily, Holiday lily, Amaryllis

Hippeastrum puniceum (Lam.) Kuntze

Misspellings: amerilus, Barbados liliy

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