The Hippeastrum, popularly called Amaryllis, is a beautiful houseplant. In December 2013, the Amaryllis has even named the houseplant of the month. The bulb has beautiful flowers that grow on a long sturdy stem. The flowers can get different colors. The most common colors for the Amarillis are red, pink, white, and a combination thereof.
With proper care, the Hippeastrum will be a jewel in every living room. The Amaryllises are usually for sale from 1 November. In the period up to November 1, the Amaryllis will have the opportunity to undergo an optimal flowering treatment. Because of this treatment before 1 November, the Amaryllises will do better in the house.
Amaryllis Of Hippeastrum?
The Amarillo and the Hippeastrum are two bulbous plants. These two bulbous plants are often confused. The Amaryllis and the Hippeastrum both belong to different genera but belong to the same plant family. The Amaryllis and the Hippeastrum both belong to the daffodil family. The biggest difference between the Amaryllis and the Hippeastrum is in the stem of the plant.
The Amaryllis has a solid stem and Hippeastrum has a hollow stem. The name Amaryllis is so established in the Netherlands that it is popularly used for both the Amaryllis and the Hippeastrum. Since the flower bulbs are sold in large numbers in the winter months and are sold at florists under the name Amaryllis, they are not Amaryllis bulbs but Hippeastrum bulbs. A bulbous plant is native to Mexico and the Caribbean.
The Hippeastrum is a bulbous plant that blossoms in the wild in the spring. Despite the fact that the Hippeastrum should actually be planted outdoors, the Hippeastrum is mainly used as a houseplant in the Netherlands. This is mainly because the Hippeastrum is very sensitive to frost and only starts to flower at temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.
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If the Hippeastrum is kept in a place with strongly deviating temperatures, this will be reflected in the inflorescence of the bulb. At temperatures that are noticeably higher than 25 degrees Celsius, flowering stops, and at temperatures much lower than 15 degrees Celsius, flowering does not even start. A good but moderate temperature is therefore important for the care of the Amaryllis.
How Can I Plant A Hippeastrum (Amaryllis)?
A Hyppeastrum can be planned in different ways. For example:
planting a Hippeastrum in a pot,
a Hippeastrum on glass,
a Hippeastrum on a dish.
Hippeastrum In A Jar
A Hippeastrum or Amaryllis can easily be planted in a pot with potting soil. Make sure you have a large pot when planting this way. Especially a pot filled with nutrient-rich potting soil. Plant the bulb in the ground so that half of the bulb protrudes above the ground. In principle, the bulb does not need any water. Only start watering once the flower stem has reached a height of 10-15 cm.
Hippeastrum On Glass
When the bulb is placed on glass, you must first rinse the bulb well under the tap, until all the potting soil has been removed from between the roots. The bulb is then placed on a glass so that only the roots touch the water. The bulb must not get wet, so keep the water at least 5 cm below the bulb.
Hippeastrum On Scale
A modern way of planting the Hippeastrum is planting on a scale. The bulbs are then placed on a tray, where the roots must be covered with a layer of moss. However, the moss on the tray must be kept slightly moist. This way of planting is very popular because the bowl can be beautifully decorated with numerous materials. This method is also used when the Hippeastrum is used in a Christmas arrangement.
As long as the Hippeastrum has not yet bloomed, the plant needs little or no water. This of course depends on the planting method. Only when the stem is higher than 10 – 15 cm has the plant grown large enough to water Hippeastrum. From that moment on, the plant may have regular water, but care must be taken to keep the bulb “wet”. As soon as the bulb gets too wet, the bulb will rot. If the bulb accidentally gets too wet, it is advisable to repot the bulb.