It is years and years since I have grown a Hippeastrum or is it an Amaryllis. According to my big Bulb book by Anna Pavord, they are definitely Hippeastrum. When I last grew them, I didn’t know the first thing about gardening or plants, no wonder they died, poor things! This time I must try to do better.
The first one was a pure white one called H. Matterhorn, which showed up so well against the wood burner.
Soon five flowers were open and the second stem with more buds wasn’t far behind.
Eventually it had 9 beautifully large flowers on 2 stems, they looked a bit squashed for a while until the first flowers started fading. We now just have 2 flowers remaining.
I think this one is absolutely gorgeous, Hippeastrum Charisma has such lovely markings on the petals.
Soon all four flowers were open and the second stem isn’t far behind.
I will just have to be patient and wait for the second stem to open its flowers. This time I will have to read up how to keep the bulbs going for more than one year, I can’t have them dying after flowering just once! Anna Pavord goes into great detail on how to get the bulbs flowering again, so here’s hoping!
Do you manage to keep your Hippeastrum growing for more than one year?