AMARYLLIS (HIPPEASTRUM) GREEN GODDESS
|VARIETY||Green Goddess||BLOOMS||6-8 Weeks after planting|
|DESCRIPTION||Lemon Lime colour with strong greenish-hue
|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.
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.
“lemon lime” bears large, showy lemon lime flowers with a strong greenis-hue in the throat on tall stout stems.
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.