Hippeastrum papilio

butterfly amaryllis bulb

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Buy Hippeastrum papilio butterfly amaryllis bulb: A glorious and unusual amaryllis, guaranteed to brighten up any room

  • Position: bright but not in full sun
  • Soil: good quality potting compost
  • Flowering period: September to December
  • Hardiness: frost tender (will need winter protection)
  • Bulb Size: 20

    Unlike ordinary amaryllis, 'Papillo' has several flower stems which are shorter than most amaryllis and these are covered in elegant red and white trumpets. It flowers 6 weeks after planting and looks wonderful planted in a pot. It will also come back year after year - fabulous!

  • General care: Fill a pot with good quality potting compost, setting the bulb in the compost so that the top two thirds are exposed. Water the compost only when the surface is dry, watering too much just after potting can cause the bulb to rot. Keep the plant in a sunny spot, though not direct sun and rotate the plant so as to avoid the flower stalk leaning towards the light.

    Once flowering has finished cut off the flower stalk 5-10cm above the bulb - don't cut off the foliage. Water when the surface of the compost is dry and feed regularly with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Usually the best thing to do is keep watering it through the summer and in autumn stop watering and move to a dark, dim spot. This simulates the drought season of the plant’s native South America. Allow it to dry out for a few months so that the foliage wilts and dies back. In November bring it back in to the light and start watering again. Old foliage should be removed though take care not to cut any new shoots off. In a few weeks a new flower shoot will appear and flower just in time for Christmas.

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Notes on Hippeastrum papilio

"The butterfly amaryllis from Brazil - as exotic as the Girl from Ipanema - with an orchid-like combination of lime-green petals suffused in resplendent maroon-red. Wow !"

A bit disappointing


There were a couple of flowers only last year , so I'm hoping this year is better. It is unusual but the bulb is smaller than the usual amaryllis lilies.




A worthy product.


Just to enjoy and as gift for others.




They make unuasual gifts


Treat just like any hippeastrum (amaryllis), but the flowers are most unusual. After flowering, let the leaves grow through the summer to build up bulb energy and hopefully they will flower again this winter / spring




A treat for myself


Unusual, the colours are striking, a real eye catcher




Hippeastrum papilio

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What size pot do you recommend for 3 bulbs? Plastic or terracotta? Thanks


Hello, You should be able to fit three of these bulbs into one 20-25cm diameter pot. As for the material, I would opt for terracotta as it is heavier and less likely to topple over.


Is this plant suitable for growing indoors in a pot ready for Christmas flowering?


Hello there Yes this bulb is for growing indoors in a pot, and hopefully will flower around Christmas time if planted in October/November. If you click on the line 'click here to read more' there are full instructions. Hope this helps


Tayberry fruiting, and what do I do with my Amaryllis once it has flowered? Please can you help me with 2 questions? I have a Tayberry bush in its 3rd season. To date, no fruit. In the 2nd season, it had lots of healthy leaves, but nothing else. Any help please? An Amaryllis I was given has almost finished flowering and I'd like to preserve it for next year. How do I do it? Many thanks, Sue

sue james

Hello Sue, Tayberries usually start to produce fruit while still young, but they will only fruit on canes that are in their second year and you should not be pruning the canes out until they have produced fruit. You should also make sure they get lots of sun and sufficient water, and feed them regularly with a general purpose fertiliser. A sprinkling of Potash will also give them a bit of a push in the right direction. As for the Amaryllis, we do have lots of information on their care, which I will paste below. The bold, showy flowers of these tender bulbs are often used to bring colour into the home throughout the winter and are particularly popular at Christmas. They should be planted from October to January and will generally flower six to eight weeks later. If you follow the instructions below, you should be able to get yours to keep producing flowers year after year. 1. Using John Innes no.2 or a good multipurpose compost and a pot that is just a little larger than the circumference of the bulb, plant it so only the lower third of the bulb is below the surface of the compost. 2. Leave the pot in a bright spot where the temperatures remain around 20C and turn it regularly as it will start groing towards the light. 3. Water sparingly until the new leaves are establishing well and then you can start to water more regularly. The aim at this stage is to not allow the compost to get too dry, but dont allow it to get too wet and soggy either. Make sure the excess water can drain away freely. 4. When the flowers appear, you can prolong their life by moving them to a cooler spot, but make sure the temperatures dont dip much below around 15C. After they have finished flowering, you can grow them on and feed regularly with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Once the weather warms up, you can then take the pots outside and leave them in a sheltered spot (or greenhouse if you have one), but do keep a lookout for slugs and snails. They will need to be fed and watered regularly and should have protection from sun at the hottest part of the day. In autumn, they should be moved again to a bright spot and kept cool (around 13C) for a couple of months. When you move them to this cooler spot, you should also stop feeding them and cut back on the water as you want to encourage them to become dormant. After a couple of months 'down time' you can cut off the old leaves to about 10cm above the top of the bulb and replace the top 5cm of compost to freshen it up. Then just follow the growing instructions from point 2. listed above. If however you dont have a garden, then feed and water regularly through the spring and summer and then stop feeding and watering in early autumn. The plants will probably die right back and the soil will get quite dry. Move the pots to a cool place (they dont need light at this point, so a garage would do) for 1 - 2 months. After that, you can bring them back to life by bringing them back indoors into the light and start feeding and watering again. Every two or three years, they will need to be re-potted, and this should be tackled immediately after they have finished flowering. The main reasons that Amaryllis fail to produce flowers include not enough sunlight, not receiving enough water during the previous summer, or forcing the dormancy too early. They are also prone to a few bulb pests and fungal diseases. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Storing Amaryllis bulbs through the summer Could you please let me know the best way to store the bulb of an Amaryllis through the summer without it shrinking ,as to date all the bulbs I have kept have shrunk to half their normal size. Thank you. Regards, June


Hello June, It is normal for the bulbs to shrink a little when they are dormant as they do get reasonably dry. The best way to keep your bulb in peak condition is to make sure you apply a general purpose fertiliser like MiracleGro while the plant is actively growing - even after it has finished flowering - and make sure you don't cut off any foliage until it has died off completely. After it has become fully dormant, you can leave it in the pot or lift it out, and store it in a cool, dry place until it can be planted out again. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Docto

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