AMARYLLIS (HIPPEASTRUM) DANCING QUEEN
|VARIETY||Dancing Queen||BLOOMS||6-8 Weeks after planting|
|DESCRIPTION||Star-Shaped white petals with Deep-red markings and edges||QUANTITY PER UNIT||1|
Best known for its showy-flowered hybrids “hippeastrum” comprises abour 80 species of bulbous perennials. All are grown for their fantastic flowers that are typically large amaryllis-like and colourful. Most species are native to the subtropical and tropical regions of central and south america and the west indies.
Hippeastrum “charisma” has received the royal horticultural society’s award of garden merit (agm) which is for plants of outstanding excellence.
The dark to medium green strap-like leaves grow from a large bulb. The funnel-shaped, horizontal to somewhat nodding blooms are borne atop stout, leafless, knee-high stems in four-six-flowered clusters. Bulbs typically produce two flower stems at a time. These bulbs are conditioned to flower in winter. The flowers are followed by large lobed seed capsules.
“charisma” is a really refined beauty, instead of the rounded, overlapping petals displayed by older varieties, this sleek new variety presents a flatter, massive star shape with exquisite markings in deep-red and edges. Your grandmother never saw one like this!
For indoor forcing the bigger the bulb the better the show. These are very large bulbs. Plant 6-8 weeks before you want them to flower. Before planting, pick off any dead or damaged pieces of root, leaving only healthy, fleshy roots. Make up a compost mix using equal parts of peat and perlite. Half-fill a plastic pot 2.5cm (1”) wider than the bulb, with the compost mix and add compost around the roots so that one-third of the bulb shows. Water well and let the soil drain. Never leave pots standing in water. Begin feeding as soon as the shoot appears and continue on a weekly basis until flowering is over. Water plants as required.