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Hippeastrum hybridum 'Apple Blossom' at home.

Hippeastrum, or amaryllis, are most commonly grown as flowering houseplants. The bulbous plants hail from South Africa, and bear four to six large flowers on a tall, light green hollow stem.


It’s easy to force amaryllis bulbs to flower indoors, and once they’ve finished flowering they can be stored and encouraged to flower the following year.


Hippeastrum ‘Apple Blossom’ bears attractive white-green flowers tinged with pink. For best results, grow at room temperature, around 20°C in a well-lit room, in the sunniest position you can give it. Water sparingly at first, increasing the amount as the flower stems develop.






A trick: when amaryllis opens its flowers, you can cut the immature pollen, that is, before it starts to turn yellow. Just go there on the antennae of the flower core and, with scissors, cut them.


There are three good reasons for you to do this:


1 - pollen stains clothing;

2 - it decreases the duration of the flowers;

3 - pollen is toxic, if ingested, mainly, by pets.


I do not follow these suggestions. I like bees, hummingbirds and other insects visiting them.


1 - I don't care about stains on clothes;

2 - Death is natural, it will die anyway;

3 - I don't have pets.


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Taken on September 18, 2020