All about amaryl­lis

Give your win­ter win­dowsill an in­jec­tion of colour with one of these per­fect plants?

Garden News (UK) - - About Now - Words Marc Rosen­berg

Whether you re­gard amaryl­lis as flower power at its finest or a splash of hor­ti­cul­tural bling, these gi­ant bulbs are un­beat­able for bring­ing win­ter cheer into our homes, with their trif­fid-like flower spikes and enor­mous, showy blooms.

But don’t go think­ing that amaryl­lis is just a Christ­mas flower: plant a suc­ces­sion of bulbs from Oc­to­ber un­til the end of Jan­uary and you’ll be re­warded with blooms be­yond Easter. Too many gar­den­ers treat amaryl­lis as a one-hit won­der, bin­ning the bulb af­ter flow­er­ing. And if you buy the big­gest, fat­test bulbs that your bud­get can stretch to, you’ll be re­warded with two or three flower spikes. With care, bulbs can be brought back into flower next year.

The cor­rect botan­i­cal name for these win­ter won­ders is hip­peas­trum, al­though they’re com­monly called amaryl­lis. What­ever name you choose, fol­low our guide to guar­an­tee a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play that’ll brighten up the dark days of win­ter.

Wa­ter lightly and pop in a bright, warm spot Choose a pot that’s slightly larger than the bulb

Perk up a win­dowsill this win­ter with lots of flow­er­ing pot plants

For a stylish look, use ter­raco a and top with moss

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