The hippeastrum, also called amaryllis, grows naturally from a bulb and finds its origin in South America and the Caribbean.
The amaryllis is a flower bulb from the daffodil family that grows and blooms in the house. The bulb is fully available from November and brings a great atmosphere into your home with its large flower. When you work with decorative materials such as ribbon or Christmas balls, you turn the amaryllis into a real Christmas flower.
The amaryllis is nowadays available in many spectacular colors: dark red, bright red, pure white, white with red stripes or salmon pink. The amaryllis is therefore an ideal mood maker in both classic and modern interiors. The amaryllis is also ideal as a cut flower for a Christmas bouquet.
If the R is in the month
With regard to the amaryllis, many people immediately think of Christmas and dark days. Not surprising, because the flower is very popular at this time of the year. Yet the amaryllis is available for much longer. If the letter R is in the month: from September to April!
You can see the flowers of the amaryllis often in red and white, but they are also available in white-green, salmon-orange, salmon-colored, lilac-purple, orange, dark red, pink and even striped.
The color and kick of hippeastrum and amaryllis
This plant with voluptuous flowers has the look to give your interior the right atmosphere. Hippeastrum is very sleek in a design setup, somewhat looser or completely hip-theatrical. Do you see it big and colorful? Then with Hippeastrum you have the styling to start the new year with color. With a little attention, she develops at lightning speed. In a few weeks the buds turn into big flowers, which then fully unfold and steal the show! Usually in red, but also in pink, red and white or in white.
Hippeastrums give you a feeling of friendship and affection. The stately long stems symbolize pride. The name Hippeastrum literally means ‘knight star’, referring to the star-shaped petals. The amaryllis exudes charm and offers spectacular sophistication for your living room. There are many different types of nature. The most famous houseplant versions are the intensely red Hippeastrum ‘Floris Hekker’, the ‘Orange Souvereign’ with a light orange cast and the somewhat dark red ‘Red Lion’.
Give hippeastrum a place of honor, light and warm. Water a lot during flower development and turn the pot regularly for even growth. Cut the flower after flowering. Avoid drafts, she doesn’t like that.
Plant amaryllis bulbs
Amaryllis bulbs are very easy to plant:
- Half fill a pot with soil and put the bulb on it.
- Then fill the pot further with earth so that two thirds of the bulb is under the ground and one third protrudes above the earth.
- Then place it in a light place where it is nice and warm.
- In the beginning the bulbs do not need that much water, only when the first stem starts to grow does the amaryllis need more water.
Florists and garden centers also have ‘ready-made’ amaryllis in pots. You no longer have to plant it and you can soon enjoy the impressive flowers!
Amaryllis in the garden
Did you know that you can also plant an amaryllis in the garden? You do it like this:
- After the Ice Saints (so from May 15) you can plant the bulb in the open ground or in a pot on the terrace.
- The amaryllis find a place in the sun as well as in the shade as a base. Choose a sheltered place, then you will prevent wind damage to the stems or petals.
- Unlike most bulbs, you only plant half an amaryllis bulb in the ground. The upper half therefore rises above the earth.
- Keep the soil around the amaryllis bulb nice and moist, but make sure that the plant is never in a pool of water. Then you have a chance of rotting the roots.
- Even before the frost hits you get the bulb out of the ground again. Cut the stems and overwinter the bulb in a cool, dark and dry place.
- In December you can conjure up the bulb again and possibly make it bloom again for the Christmas period.