Thursday, 21 March 2013

The amaryllis in the spotlight

I have been growing amaryllis for many years.  I can remember my first one, I was astounded by the huge bulb and then the huge flamboyant flowers that followed.  I grew some from seed and I found them to be a great plant.  Then through a few house moves and various twists and turns in life I stopped growing them for a while.  About six years ago I saw one online that had a really pretty flower and I decided it was time to re-awaken my love affair with this plant.  It was duly bought and then pretty much neglected if truth be told.  This is a plant that refuses to give up, it flowers every year no matter what I do (or don't do) for it.  This year in particular it seems to be flowering magnificently, so it seemed worthy of a starring moment:
 
 
 
 
 
It might feel more honoured by its starring moment if I had made a note of its name, oops.  I make no claim to any real success with house plants.

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  1. Such a stunning flower, mine have never had much success! I have to resort to buying them from the garden centre haha.

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  2. It's beautiful! and very original :)

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  3. Is this an Amaryllis or a Hippeastrum? I only ask because I've always called them Hippeastrums and I'd like to know for sure. These houseplants look very different to both the Amaryllis and Hippeastrums that are grown outside in the ground here and flower in summer and autumn.

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    1. Oh now there's a good question - no idea but according to t'internet amaryllis flower in March so I shall claim it as that - in honesty I don't know the difference.

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    2. They are hippeastrums officially but amaryllis is the name they are called for marketing as it is easier to say and has stuck.

      This is a cybister variety which has spidery petals, unlike the huge flat ones which are more common.

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  4. Sorry, I forgot to say that it looks beautiful and you obviously have a way with houseplants!

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  5. What lovely photographs, I thought I didn't like amaryllis, but that one is beautiful, and sounds as if it might even cope with my black fingers where house plants are concerned.

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  6. I think this is Amaryllis Lima.

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