Indoor Amaryllis Hippeastrum - Lipstick
Indoor Amaryllis Hippeastrum - Lipstick
Indoor Amaryllis Hippeastrum - Lipstick

Indoor Amaryllis Hippeastrum - Lipstick



CATEGORY Amaryllis (hippeastrum) HEIGHT 45-50cm
VARIETY Lipstick BLOOMS 6-8 Weeks after planting
DESCRIPTION White blooms with red brush strokes & Green throat 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.

“lipstick” has wide white blooms with prominent brushstrokes of red and a green throat for contrast plus a faint red edging. With her natural look she will fit any setting. A cheerful eye-catcher.

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.


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