Hippeastrums are ideal surprises
Owner of Caloundra Garden and Pet Supplies
I AM re-doing a garden bed that had petunias, marigolds etc in it for a while and I am now going to plant a variety of geraniums.
It is going to be very full and densely planted when finished, but I am going to put in a few surprise plants as well.
Surprise plants are those that just sit there most of the year and pop up a flower above the rest of the plants, giving the look that it is not supposed to be in there. Hippeastrums are an ideal plant for this. When you do planting like this, you need to choose a plant that requires the same conditions for both of them to grow. Geraniums and hippeastrums both like a soil that has been dug over well and has added nutrition, such as Active 8, some Flower Blend rock minerals and a little bit of extra potash to keep them flowering.
Hippeastrums can also look great when mass planted and as a border plant with the flower stem standing straight up making a huge statement.
When planting your hippeastrums have the bulb just under the ground, with the green growing tip showing, and water in with some seaweed fertiliser.
Hippeastrums really make a spectacular show in pots as well. Use a potting mix that has a long lasting fertiliser such as Peat 80 Platinum.
I found a great variety of plants at the hippeastrum farm on Kiel Mountain Rd, Woombye with heaps already flowering, well worth a look.