Today Cheri Ong in British Columbia is sharing some of her amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrids, zones 8-10 or as houseplants) from last winter. This is the perfect inspiration to buy something to enjoy yourself in the coming months.
Here are some of the results of my belated gardening last winter. I always forget to dry them in the summer and store them in the fall, but I’m still grateful for all those flowers after the New Year arrives.
Hippaestrum ‘Mont Blanc’ is just beginning to bloom. One of the joys of growing hippeastrums indoors, and during the winter when there’s no other gardening going on, you can really take the time to enjoy every detail of their blooming cycle.
Hippaestrum papilio It is sometimes called butterfly amaryllis because of the brilliant patterns on the petals. Unlike most amaryllis species and hybrids grown as houseplants, papilio is an evergreen, meaning you shouldn’t let the bulbs dry out and go dormant but rather water them during the growing season and keep them in bright, indirect light. I should keep it.
Cherry says that this ‘Apple Blossom’ plant pushed out the leaves before sending up a flower spike, making her feel like a failure as a gardener. But then the flower stem emerged, and apparently all is well!
For more information on growing amaryllis, see this article: Amaryllis: A Long Blooming, Time-Tested Seasonal Showstopper
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