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.
When you look at some of the relatives of hippeastrum
such as amaryllis, clivia, galanthus and narcissus, you begin to realise that they are all capable of giving us a tremendous show and we should perhaps grow more of this family in our gardens and houses.
plant of the week hippeastrum
(amaryllis)THESE large bulbs provide a bold,blousy burst of colour on any windowsill during the winter or spring, with funnel- shaped flowers measuring 5-6inacross,in shades of orange,purple, white,pink and red.
You can have a mass of colour and fragrance indoors in the darker days with deliciously scented hyacinths, hippeastrums
and miniature daffodils, which can all be forced to brighten up your home in winter.
Like other hippeastrums
, these are often available complete with a pot and compost for pounds 4.
STARS OF THE SHOW:; Hippeastrums
brings the best out of surrounding houseplants; SCENT AND COLOUR: Wallflowers are essential plants for spring
Crocuses, hyacinths, hippeastrums
and oxalis may all soon find their way indoors in soft colours.
are just beautiful although I can't stop calling them amaryllis.
Garden centres should now be stocking up on bulbs that are sold specifically for forcing and which may include fragrant hyacinths, large-flowered crocuses, Hippeastrums
, miniature daffodils and a few tulips - they should be marked 'prepared' in the shop.
Garden centres should now be stocking up on bulbs which are sold specifically for forcing, which may include fragrant hyacinths, large-flowered crocus, hippeastrums
, miniature daffodils and a few tulips, which should be marked "prepared" in the shop.