For instance, a bulb of Hippeastrum
aulicum produced four flowers; three were fertilised by Herbert with their own pollen, and the fourth was subsequently fertilised by the pollen of a compound hybrid descended from three other and distinct species: the result was that 'the ovaries of the three first flowers soon ceased to grow, and after a few days perished entirely, whereas the pod impregnated by the pollen of the hybrid made vigorous growth and rapid progress to maturity, and bore good seed, which vegetated freely.
for spring flowering in 15cm pots of John Innes No 2 compost, burying only the lower half of each bulb.
Easy Restart amaryllis or hippeastrums
into growth by keeping them warm and watering them sparingly.
The trumpets of the bulbous perennials Hippeastrums
are in full swing and range in colour from red, orange, yellow, pink and white.
Here are also to be found goodly specimens of Camellias, Gardenias, Rhododendrons, Weigelas, both plain and variegated leaved; Jacaranda mimosifolia, Hippeastrums
, Magnolia fuscata, White everlasting Peas, Mahonia Leschenaultii, Chimonanthus fragrans, Liriodendron tulipifera, or, tulip tree; Ligustrums, the pretty Acmena pendula, Camphors, Guilder rose, Liliums, and even the Eucharis amazonica, planted in the open ground, and to all appearances thriving well, apropo of this plant, Mr Saunderson stated that he had flowered it some eight or nine years since at Sir William Macarthur's at Camden.
planted last month and keep them warm and moist as they grow
flower in winter or spring, they cannot tolerate frost and should never be placed outdoors in winter.
in pots for late spring flowering, but keep them in a warm, humid atmosphere until the buds appear.
Other spring-blooming, Narcissus-family bulbs include Leucojum vernum or spring snowflake, daffodils, ornamental onions and garlics (Alliums), and the Hippeastrums
You can have a mass of colour and fragrance indoors in winter with deliciously scented hyacinths, hippeastrums
, irises, grape hyacinths, snowdrops and miniature daffodils, which can all brighten up your home in winter.