produce giant trumpet flowers, as large as 9 inches across, in every shade of orange and red, as well as some scintillating pinks and whites with various colored stripes.
There should be no need APART from hippeastrums
and poinsettias, our house plant cyclamen must be one of the most popular growing seasonal presents, giving us colour and interest from its foliage as well as its flowers for up to three months in the dark days of winter and the early days of spring.
(also known as Amaryllis) are among the highest-impact bulbs you can display indoors at Christmas.
Continue to keep hippeastrums
moist and feed them occasionally.
EASY PLANT hippeastrums
or amaryllis (right) bulbs by burying only the lower half in 6in pots of compost.
grow in most well-drained proprietary com- posts.
Pleiones are often called the `windowsill orchid', and I reckon that if you can grow a decent indoor cyclamen, or even keep your hippeastrums
going from year to year, you can grow these cracking little alpine orchids successfully.
in pots for late spring flowering and keep in a warm, humid atmosphere, watering sparingly until the buds appear.
STAND OUT: Hippeastrums
are striking in any garden, but need the right care to thrive
in 5in pots for indoor colour in late spring.
flower in winter or spring, cannot tolerate frost and should never be placed outdoors in winter.
flower in winter or spring,cannot tolerate frost and should never be placed outdoors in winter.