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The big family of the Amaryllidaceae

How big is the Amaryllidaceae Family?
The Amaryllidaceae is a family of about 870 species in around 50 genera of bulbous or rhizomatous (Clivia, Cryptostephanus andScadoxus) perennial herbs, with alternate strap-shaped leaves which may be semi-succulent. The bulbs and rhyzomes may also be thought of as succulent storage organs, enabling these plants to survive dry seasons. Continue reading The big family of the Amaryllidaceae

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The breathtaking Nerine bowdenii

Nerine bowdenii is a breathtaking plant, especially on a dull autumn day.
Nerines are South African bulbs, widely planted in warmer regions for their late display of rich pink flowers. They work well in a mixed herbaceous border and make an excellent cut flower. They bear striking sprays of lily-like flowers with recurved petals on erect leafless stems. Continue reading The breathtaking Nerine bowdenii

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The Amaryllis are actually in the Hippeastrum family

The Common Names for the Amaryllis : Many bulbs referred to as amaryllis are actually in the Hippeastrum family. The two families of bulbs have many similarities, both in looks and in growing habits. Hippeastrum are native to South Africa while amaryllis bulbs come from South America. True amaryllis bulbs often naturalize in outdoor locations, but Hippeastrum varieties are usually grown indoors in pots. Continue reading The Amaryllis are actually in the Hippeastrum family

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Do you know how to Propagate Amaryllis?

Amaryllis Propagation is typically done by seed or by cuttage! Amaryllis plants are members of the Amaryllidaceae plant family. These plants are prized by home gardeners for their large, showy flowers that range in color from crimson to white. Amaryllis are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11 and grow best in bright, indirect light when grown indoors or filtered sunlight and shaded locations when planted outdoors. Continue reading Do you know how to Propagate Amaryllis?

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For brides who have their wedding on a winter day

For all the brides who are planning on spending the wedding on a winter day, a red amaryllis wedding bouquet can make a gorgeous selection. Usually known as the “holyday” winter Christmas flower, the amaryllis is definitely one of the most appropriate types of flowers for a cold season wedding. Continue reading For brides who have their wedding on a winter day

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Adorn your home with Amaryllis

Breathe warmth into your home this winter! Add a burst of warmth and color to your living space during the cooler months with the vibrant and versatile Amaryllis. As winter’s longest-lasting cut flower – lasting up to three weeks once cut – it’s a popular favorite for creative interior designs. Here are a few ideas to give you inspiration… Continue reading Adorn your home with Amaryllis

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Make your own beautiful Amaryllis arrangement!

In a post-holiday world, potted amaryllis languish forgotten and forsaken in the corners of every grocery store floral section. If you look past the holographic foil gift wrapping, there are some serious possibilities for unexpected and gorgeous arrangements when you boldly clip off the bloom. Now is the time, too, because bulbs and plants can be found for pennies compared to pre-holiday prices. Continue reading Make your own beautiful Amaryllis arrangement!

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Hippeastrum or Amaryllis: What’s the difference?

When is an Amaryllis not an Amaryllis? When it’s a Hippeastrum! No, this is not a lame Christmas cracker joke – it’s a centuries-old riddle that has provoked heated debate among some of the world’s leading botanists for centuries.
The confusion surrounding the two genera stems from their complex history dating back to the 18th Century – and the true identity of these colorful blooms is still regarded a grey area among many experts. Continue reading Hippeastrum or Amaryllis: What’s the difference?

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A new bloom for everyday!

How to make a grown up countdown to Christmas! This alternative Advent calendar works in reverse: instead of opening a gift each day, you add a fresh bloom to the day’s pocket. As a result you will have a beautiful wall full of flowering festive cheer for Christmas. And after your Christmas dinner you can give each of your guests an original party bag to take home. Continue reading A new bloom for everyday!

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The cultivation of cut Amaryllis

Growth, rest and blooming at the greenhouse!
Amaryllis is a bulb that blooms once a year. In nature, the crop and the bulbs grow in the summer, with new flower buds being created in the bulb. At the same time, the bulb stores a lot of spare food. This is necessary, because the crop dies after summer and the bulb with the new flower buds has to survive a cold period in the winter. Continue reading The cultivation of cut Amaryllis

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The Amazing Hippeastrum Show at Chelsea

RHS Chelsea Flower Show – Focus on the Flowers!
The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars.It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious. Continue reading The Amazing Hippeastrum Show at Chelsea

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The different colors of a Amaryllis flowers

There are many different Amaryllis colors! There are at least 500 different varieties of Amaryllis flowers. And there are many different Amaryllis colors too. Every year I photograph lots and lots of Amaryllis flowers at the Keukenhof Garden “the Amaryllis Parade” in the Netherlands and I can’t get enough of all the different shape, size and colors. Have a look at the different Amaryllis colors. Continue reading The different colors of a Amaryllis flowers

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Amaryllis follow-up care: worth the effort

How to flower your Amaryllis again (re-bloom)! Once the Amaryllis has finished flowering, you can get it to flower again (re-bloom) next year if you provide it with the right care first.
After flowering, cut off the faded flowers and let the leaves continue to grow and develop.
To encourage this, provide the plant regularly with water and houseplant fertilizer. Continue reading Amaryllis follow-up care: worth the effort

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Amaryllis, the perfect flower for Valentine’s Day …!

Valentine Gift Idea for the Romantic Gardener! Besides chocolate, the most common Valentine’s Day gift is flowers. Romantic gift-givers young and old tend to stress about picking out the perfect gift for their special someone. We will help you to find the perfect gift for your Valentine. Continue reading Amaryllis, the perfect flower for Valentine’s Day …!

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The highlights of the Amaryllis parade Keukenhof 2015

Amaryllis Double Delicious (double delight) is wonderful because of its large double deep red flowers with a white star-shaped marking.
The new Amaryllis Brazza is a strikingly large single flowering Amaryllis. Blooms with a huge intense raspberry pink color and a darker throat.
Amaryllis Evergreen is completely green that is very exceptional. The exotic shape makes it more gracefully. Continue reading The highlights of the Amaryllis parade Keukenhof 2015

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Our finest selection at the Amaryllis parade 2014

Amaryllis Barbados; This showstopper Amaryllis is called Barbados.
It’s has a exotical red color, with a contrasting white star, a truly unique amaryllis!
A potted amaryllis planted inside your home will give the cold winter days a warm, cozy feeling indoors.
The flowers from this Barbados Amaryllis bulb is also very chic in a vase. Continue reading Our finest selection at the Amaryllis parade 2014

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What’s in a name Amaryllis, Amarillis, Amarylis, Amaryllus, Amaryllises!

Amaryllis or as it is officially named “Hippeastrum”! For convenience, we will keep it in general usage and talk about the Amaryllis. What we noticed is that Amaryllis quite often written in different ways. What we noticed is that Amaryllis quite often written in different ways: Amarillis, Amaryllus, Amaryllises, Amaryllids, Amarilis, Amarilidaceae, Amarylis to name a few. Continue reading What’s in a name Amaryllis, Amarillis, Amarylis, Amaryllus, Amaryllises!

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Paul’s Choice – My Favorite Amaryllis flowers!

About me: My name is Paul Romijn and am 46 years old. I live in Hillegom, the Netherlands (Holland).
For over 25 years I have been working with Amaryllis bulbs. The first ten years at amaryllis nursery of W.S. Warmenhoven and later with a amaryllis trader Floralia / Frans van der Vlugt & Sons. Next to my work with amaryllis bulbs I also had a big interest in the world wide web. Continue reading Paul’s Choice – My Favorite Amaryllis flowers!