Whether youíre looking for a splash of colour or a gorgeous houseplant, then Amaryllis (or Hippeastrum) is just the plant that you are looking for.
Even though they usually flower in early spring, Amaryllis are best known as a house plant for Christmas time, making superb gifts that really brighten festive displays when grown. This bulb is supplied ready to sprout leaves and burst into flower - all you need is water and a little care to raise a fascinating flowering plant.
This large bulb will produce a strong stem bearing three or four dazzling red trumpet blooms. Planted in December and kept in a warm room they will bloom in around 6-8 weeks and provide interest throughout as the stems steadily emerge and blooms unfurl. Plant them in October for Christmas blooms.
Perfect as room decoration this Amaryllis can also be cut as a trendy addition to a modern floral vase. They're really easy to grow too - just plant your Amaryllis into bulb compost so that the top third of the bulb is above the compost, keep it well-watered (but not damp) and watch it grow!
Over the summer, when the flowers have been removed, place your amaryllis outside in a sunny sheltered position as a foliage plant to enjoy it for longer.
Supplied as a large bulb ready to plant up. Ultimate height 45-50cm (18-20in).
Supplied as a single bulb size 24/26 cm. Plant indoors, with 1/3 bulb above the surface, into 8in pot. Water sparingly on a light windowsill, frost free, until leaves appear. Then step up watering as leaves extend and flower buds emerge. Once flowered, allow stems to die back down into the bulb, and keep the potted bulb soemwhere cool and dry in summer then next autumn, start watering again and off you go again.
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