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Hippeastrum

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When buying a hippeastrum bulb, check that it is firm and undamaged,and that the basal plate bearing the thong-like roots is intact.
A sumptuous hippeastrum is the pink- and white flowered variety Apple Blossom
The hippeastrum, often wrongly named, sometimes even by suppliers, as amaryllis, originates from South America and starts life each autumn as a dry bulb, often sold in a display box with compost and pot as a Christmas present idea and, if you are lucky, some instructions written in 10 different languages, one of which might be English if you look hard enough.
Some of the hippeastrum species are now named as Rhodophiala and others as Worsleya, the Blue Amaryllis.
2 HIPPEASTRUM "ORANGE": Often called amaryllis, this super-sized bulb does not need forcing, just plant singly in pots so that the top third protrudes above the compost.
3 HIPPEASTRUM "FLAMINGO": This is similar to the orange version but with a truly girly flower.
The most spectacular indoor blossoms are produced by hippeastrum - also, though wrongly, called amaryllis - and is disappointing when an expensive bulb fails to flower well.
Plant hippeastrums in pots for late spring flowering, keep them in a humid atmosphere and water sparingly until buds appear.
Plant hippeastrums in pots for late spring flowering, keeping them in a warm, humid atmosphere and watering sparingly until the buds appear.
The hippeastrum is one of the most popular bulbs for the home, easy to grow and bearing huge, trumpet-shaped blooms for long periods to brighten the winter windowsill.