Hippeastrum | A Scarlet Baby In Our House

In mid-December, our daughter gave us a present with a large plant bulb inside, growing pot and medium. It was soon planted and watered, ready to grow. Two weeks later this 5″ wide bloom greeted us.

The stamens were laden with pollen.

It grew so fast! In two weeks, the flower stalk had grown nearly two feet. The ruler shows 0.5″ of leaf growth in a day.

Three buds were emerging behind this first bloom. A favorite piece of wall art framed them perfectly.

It has been about a week since the first bloom. Today, I placed the camera on the counter facing upward, set the self-timer, and captured the four from an unusual direction. Thank you, dear daughter. This has been fun.

Hippeastrum (aka Amaryllis) Family

This very popular holiday plant is one of the most widely grown bulbous plants in the world. While it is often forced to bloom in the shortest, darkest days of winter in temperate zones, it is a popular landscape plant in subtropical zones. Northern gardeners sometimes even treat it as a summer flowering bulb that is planted after the last frost in spring. More from the US National Arboretum web site.

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11 thoughts on “Hippeastrum | A Scarlet Baby In Our House

    1. Jim in IA Post author

      I tried one of these once before. Something went wrong and it died before it got very far. This one is doing well. I will see if I can carry it over until next winter.

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  1. shoreacres

    My mother loved amaryllis, and wanted one every Christmas. Down here, of course, they could stay outside on the patio even after the bloom was gone, and we learned that they’ll naturalize nicely in pots, too. By the time it was over, there were about 50 bulbs that were distributed after she died.

    In an old neighborhood I go through from time to time, there are stands of them that pop up, apparently in the middle of nowhere. I suspect that other recipients of Christmas gifts put them out and allowed them to naturalize. Now, the houses are gone – many of them washed away by Hurricane Ike – but the flowers remain.

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    1. Jim in IA Post author

      That would be interesting to see them pop up with no relationship to the surroundings.

      I won’t be able to let this one naturalize outside. I will try to let it go dormant later and get it to bloom next winter.

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    1. Jim in IA Post author

      The link at the bottom gives access to a wide variety of shapes and colors I never imagined existed.

      As I sit typing, my big red Scarlet Baby is towering over me. I hope the stalk doesn’t break and let the blooms come crashing down on me. If you never hear from me again, contact Melanie in IA. 🙂

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