Thursday, September 14, 2017

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Planted - 'Ambiance' Amaryllis

Amaryllis 'Ambiance'

Come spring, lots of folks slap themselves on the forehead saying, "I woulda, coulda, shoulda planted ____." You fill in the blank. If only they had planted those flower bulbs in fall, they would be enjoying them in spring. Here is one of my favorites that you should plant now.

The genus Hippeastrum (pronounced "hip-ee-ASS-trum") is native to sub-tropical and tropical areas of South America and the Caribbean. The name is formed from two Greek words referring to "cavalry" and "star." It is theorized that the man who named it in 1837, the Reverend William Herbert, was thinking that the flower resembled a weapon used by medieval knights.

Name(s): Hippeastrum 'Ambiance'.

Flower Color: White with red stripes.

Foliage: Herbaceous.

Height: Up to 18 inches.

Climate Zones: Hardy in zones 9, 10, 11.

Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.

Soil Condition: Organic, well-drained, pH 6.1 to 7.8.

Planting Depth: 6 inches.

Features: Size 34+ cm in circumference. Photo color is approximate.

Uses: Forcing, bulb gardens where hardy.

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