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Hippeastrum ‘Rilona’ Update

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Well, she has grown tall, and now she is flowering. And what a beauty! I love this so much! Only four flowers, but they are so beautiful. Looking at the shoot on the side I can now see there are leaves, but not another stem. Now all I need is your advice on how to keep this stunner for next year and hopefully get even more flowers and perhaps a little less height next year!

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That was fast! So spectacular aren't they? 'Balcony' knows everything about Amaryllis. That's the member to consult.

21 Nov, 2019

 

Yes, hoping Balcony will see this...I shall PM

21 Nov, 2019

 

It certainly is beautiful, Karen! They also grow very fast - they can flower within about 6-8 weeks from planting!

I may be considered to be the "resident expert" on Amaryllis but, unlike Bathgate says, by no means do I know everything about Amaryllis!

I have written numerous blogs on Amaryllis during the last 10 years which you can look for but anyway you can always consult me by PM or in the open forums. I will always do my best to give you an answer - if I know it! If I don't know the answer I can always try & look it up on the internet. If you put "Amaryllis" in the search box you will be able to find all the blogs on Amaryllis.

When the flowers finish in a couple of weeks time you will need to keep it in a warm, bright frost proof place while the leaves grow (they can reach 50cm). You must take care to water it when the compost seems a bit dry but never leave it standing in a plate of water for long. These bulbs have thick, fleshly white roots which can rot quickly if left standing in water.

21 Nov, 2019

 

Thanks Balcony! :) When you asked me before whether I had grown them before I totally forgot about the last time I tried. The bulb just never grew at all. After a few months I gave up and put it out with some other gardening rubbish under my hedge. Well, the bulb grew and flowered in the spring. It had 7 beautiful double white blooms! But being outside, it then rotted away.

21 Nov, 2019

 

A real beauty, Karen. Pretty colour too, gives a warming glow.

23 Nov, 2019

 

Thanks Kate. This is not my favourite colour in the garden. But at this time of year...indoors, it is as you say, a warming glow!

23 Nov, 2019

 

Lovely Karen, well worth the wait.

23 Nov, 2019

 

Thanks Julien..its really lovely. I wish they lasted longer. :)

23 Nov, 2019

 

Well well...looks like I am getting another flower stem after all!

24 Nov, 2019

 

You are in luck, Karen! As you say you are getting another bud! Congratulations!

As for making them shorter I'm afraid there is no way other than keeping it in a sunny windowsill till the bud is about to open. The scape normally reaches about 2ft in height & I know of no shorter ones! As far as I know there are no dwarf or short ones. That said it also depends on the variety as some can get a little taller than others but around 2ft in the norm.

25 Nov, 2019

 

Thanks Balcony...pity about the height thing. Mine is 28 inches from where it leaves the bulb to where the flowers emerge! Just over 2 and a half feet.

25 Nov, 2019

 

As they last a long time as cut flowers perhaps you could cut the next flower off just as bud starts to open. Be warned though the stems are hollow & can retain a lot of water! It would also have the advantage of letting the bulb rest a little & recover for next year.

Don't give your plant much water till the leaves are growing strongly, Amaryllis have very few live roots at the time of flowering but they grow very quickly after. Normally they need some support in the form of a cane to stop them falling over from the weight of the flowers.

26 Nov, 2019

 

Thanks David...I am thinking of the current flowering stem...should I remove it, once the flowers are over, to allow the new stem to grow? You have answered though...I think the answer is yes?

26 Nov, 2019

 

Sorry, Karen, I hadn't seen your post before now - in fact it's a week since I was last on GoY! I don't know where the time has gone!

I imagine you will have cut the stem (scape) off by now. I like to keep it till it droops before cutting it off. In fact I have one scape in the kitchen that no longer has any flowers & I've left it for a couple of weeks so that the bulb can reabsorb the water inside the scape. But it isn't really necessary. That bulb has another bud that has left the neck of the bulb & will probably flower for Christmas!

How is your 2nd bud doing?

3 Dec, 2019

 

No Balcony, I took your advice and left the stem on. I removed the dead flowers and am using the spent stem as a support for the new one, which is now about 6” high. I’ve never had one with two stems before..but it was a lovely big bulb. Thank you!

3 Dec, 2019

 

I'm afraid the old scape will not serve as a support for the new scape as it will not support it for very long. You will need to put a cane in the pot to hold it up.

The one that finished in the kitchen a couple of weeks ago also has a new bud a few inches high! I expect it will flower in time for Christmas but if not then for the New Year.

I hope you remember to post another picture of the new flowers in a couple of weeks time.

6 Dec, 2019

 

Will do Balcony. :)

7 Dec, 2019

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