A Holiday of Hippeastrum

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As the third bloom stalk is now in full flower, I thought I had better share a photo or two from Hippeastrum "Miracle".  Purchased last autumn and grown in a pot on the patio, it has been exceptionally floriferous.


After all, it has been in bloom off and on since just after Christmas!  Three bloom stalks full of rich red petals and gold stamens.  Weeks worth of bloom.


Cool, dry, outdoor conditions keep the Hippeastrums from getting as leggy here as they always did when I grew them indoors.  But this last stalk is quite short even so.  Still with a full head of four flowers, though!

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In containers they grow and bloom well in the shade of the patio.  The cooler outdoor temperatures inevitably slow them down a bit during winter bloom, but they seem so much happier and healthier this way that I haven't had the heart to bring them back indoors.


The two bulbs from each of the last two Christmases have been planted out into the garden after their initial bloom, but neither of these is near flowering yet.  They seem to move onto a spring blooming cycle once they go into the ground, and they can bloom (and rebloom) surprisingly late.  With their enormous flowers, vibrant colors, and spring bloom season, they play somewhat the role of border tulips here, but perhaps with even more panache.  The color range is more limited, as it does not include yellow or purples; but the flowers are spectacular.


Meantime, we are also enjoying "Exotic Star", my sister's selection this year.  Just lovely!

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Kris P (Friday, 10 February 2017 21:23)

    I love Hippeastrums too. I've never seen one with such a short stock but it looks like one tough flower.

  • #2

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Friday, 10 February 2017 21:59)

    Kris - The first two stalks were longer, and I really think this one is a bit too short ;-) But yes, it has been one sturdy plant!

  • #3

    Cathy (Saturday, 11 February 2017 13:14)

    A lovely deep red colour Amy. And three stalks? I don't think I have ever had more than two. I have a lot in bud on my window sill and am hoping they won't all open at the same time, although that would be quite a show! :)

  • #4

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 11 February 2017 15:09)

    Cathy - Oddly enough, I think this is the first deep red Amaryllis I've ever grown - highly satisfactory though! This one has spaced its blooming over a long period, but my sister's "Exotic Star" does have two stems with open flowers at once ;-) and a third stalk, so clearly it can happen either way! I've been very pleased with our supplier as the bulbs are far more vigorous than any others I've grown, but I would think you would have access to as good or better there in Germany. Will look forward to seeing yours as they open - can't get enough of them... :)

  • #5

    Brian Skeys (Saturday, 11 February 2017)

    Hello Amy, I had not realised that you have, like me, moved to WordPress. It is traumatic at the time trying to get it all right, but I have no regrets. I love your new layout.

  • #6

    Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 11 February 2017 23:57)

    Thanks so much, Brian! I moved the blog back in October; and though it has taken awhile, I agree: no regrets! One of my main reasons for moving was the commenting foul-ups between Blogger and WordPress, which I knew from sad experience went both ways. So after a good deal of thought, I opted not to host on either Blogger or WordPress, but on the website builder Jimdo. This way I have a lot more design options (I don't code, I'm afraid!). I do use Gravatar for commenting on WP sites (that was by your advice, as I recall ;-) - it works quite well that way! It seems to be a good time for moving blogs - I'm enjoying your new Brimfields too, though I got over to it a bit late! Looking forward to more!