New Amaryllis from Hadeco
Hadeco is internationally known for breeding and growing the best Hippeastrum – commonly known as Amaryllis – in the world. This spring, they have some particularly fine treats to share – 4 new Sonatini varieties. Sonatini hybrids are true miniatures with blooms between 6 and 12cm across; this may not sound small, but for Amaryllis flowers it is! What they lack in stature they more than make up for in generosity. Each bulb gives up to 3 flower spikes, crowned with up to 6 delightful blooms each.
Hot new Hybrids
‘Vesuvius’ – offers dark red blooms
‘Baby Doll’ – produces soft cream flowers
‘Lemon Sorbet’ – sports unusual yellow blooms
‘Amalfi’ – gives up delicate pink flowers
A visit to your local garden centre or supermarket will reveal a wondrous selection of Amaryllis that will just get your fingers itching for a touch of therapeutic gardening.
Most people pot up their Amaryllis, although they can be grown in the garden with great success. Once purchased, plant the bulbs as soon as possible, before they begin to sprout. Pot them up into any size container, provided it has a drainage hole, as the bulbs do not like to sit in water. The large blooms look particularly impressive when planted in a pot just a little bigger than its own width. Choose a good potting soil that drains well. Plant the bulb high in the pot with its “shoulders" above soil level. Place your potted amaryllis in a light, warm area. Water every 3 to 5 days and feed with bulb food.
Water your Dianthus during dry periods, once or twice per week and add a general purpose fertilizer once a month for added flowering potential. Dead flowers should be removed promptly to promote continued blooming. After the flowers have died, cut the stems down to a few centimetres above ground level. This will spur the plant to push out a second, often showier crop of blooms. This can be done up to four times giving you a year’s worth of colour!
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