Worsleya, the blue hippeastrum
Myles' favourite: Worsleya procera. Photo - Carla Petit
When we revealed that the current favourite plant of Myles Baldwin, curator of the Australian Garden Show Sydney, is the blue hippeastrum (Worsleya procera) we were amazed at the response! This flower seems to have flower captured everyone’s imagination and lots of you were keen for more growing tips.
The trick is to use a very free-draining potting mix. Some growers use pumice, but you can make your own blend with potting mix mixed with a few handfuls of coarse river sand and pea gravel. Keep the plant in a sunny location with afternoon light and water twice a week. During very wet weather, move the plant undercover as it’s susceptible to rot. Look out for crinum caterpillar (crush or spray with Success) and for rot at the basal plate, particularly when the plant bificates (forks or branches). Good luck! Let us know how you get on.