Hip, Hip, Hippeastrum!

I bought 3 huge bulbs of Hippeastrum Temptation before Christmas and planted them up straight away. It wasn’t long before they showed signs of growing, much to my delight.

Just starting to open.

The flowers seemed so huge even before they were fully open.

Soon all 3 were pushing up sturdy flower stems, 2 of them pushing up 2 stems each.

I’m absolutely fascinated by the trumpet flowers, they are so gorgeous!

They have now grown to about three feet tall and the second stems aren’t quite as tall yet.

I think in the end the flower trumpets will be rather squashed, there won’t be room for them all.

Not to worry, I’m sure they will sort themselves out somehow!

More open each day.

These are the two round the other side.

And with the sun shining through them, they look different again.

All the flowers are open now on the three flower spikes.

The two second flower staks are still growing, will they reach the same height before flowering I wonder?

That’s it for now, no more room for any more flower trumpets!

I am well pleased with my new Hippeastrum bulbs, I must remember to water and fertilize them through the summer , then hopefully I’ll get another display next year. I have some other bulbs but obviously didn’t fertilize enough last year as they just have lots of leaves and no flower spikes, although I might be worrying too soon as they never flower as early second time around, I will have to wait and see. Are you able to keep your Hippeastrum bulbs going from year to year?

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10 Responses to Hip, Hip, Hippeastrum!

  1. Denise says:

    Such beautiful flowers Pauline. I do hope you are successful with the bulbs from last year. Hippeastrum is not something I grow but maybe I should give it a try!

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Denise, I’m still overwhelmed by the size of it all. They are so easy to grow when you first buy them, it’s getting them into flower again that is a bit harder!

  2. Your Hippeastrum are amazing, Pauline. Interesting pattern on them. Several I received as gifts are nearly done now and I will try them outdoors. They can live here but I haven’t had much luck with them.

  3. Anna says:

    Hip hip hurray Pauline! ‘Temptation’ is certainly living up to the name. I will look out for that variety later in the year 😀

  4. Frank says:

    Oh my gosh that’s a show. So many blooms and I love the pattern and colors!
    I spent some time this weekend repotting a few of my old bulbs. Even if all goes perfectly they’ll never look as nice as yours, but while it’s cold out every bit of color helps 🙂

  5. snowbird says:

    Oh, they are absolutely gorgeous. I must grow some,xxc

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