What can a bulb do
Of course, there are many different indoor plants, but I keep only those that bloom beautifully. Bulbous onion blossoms are among my special favorites.
Perhaps the most beloved hippeastrum, which is often (and incorrectly) called amaryllis. His native land is South America. Mostly hybrids with flowers grow much more beautiful in rooms than in the original species. The leaves of the hybrid hippeastrum are long linear, the bulb is large, funnel-shaped flowers sit 2-6 each on the top of a tall and thick peduncle. Depending on the variety, they can be from pale pink to dark red, sometimes variegated, with strokes and dots. Large bulbs form two arrows.
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The plant is photophilous, it needs to be allocated sunny places, it grows well in rooms on windows facing south, southeast, southwest. Hippeastrum blooms require a period of deep dormancy. By adjusting its timing and duration, one can have flowering plants all year round.
At rest, I clean the pot with hippeastrum in a dark place, water it rarely and little by little, if only the earth would not dry out.
Flowers in him, however, like in other bulbs, open simultaneously. But there are several on the arrow, and therefore, in general, flowering lasts 2-3 weeks. The pot is needed not very large (from the edge of the bulb to the edge of the pot the distance should be 1.5-3 cm). In too spacious dishes, the plant heals and may not bloom for a long time.
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I plant the bulb so that half sticks out of the soil, 1-2 times a month I water the mullein infusion.
I propagate hippeastrums by a child, which I separate from the mother’s bulb when planting. Rare varieties can be propagated by scales, but this is troublesome and time-consuming.
Well, those who have the time and desire, can engage in selection. I crossed two specimens - pink and red, and several burgundy and pink grew from the seeds. And one seedling was white with a scarlet hatching. We nicknamed him "Tattoo."
My other favorite is krinum - also from South America. The leaves are long, linear, bright green. The large onion is covered with thin light gray protective films. Fragrant pink and white flowers are collected in 6-10 pieces. Krinum usually blooms in spring or summer. Large bulbs sometimes open 2 flowers at a time.
Krinum needs a bright, sunny place, and the pot for it should be large. I replant old plants every 2-3 years, while the bulb should be visible by a third from the ground.
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Eucharis, or Amazonian Lily, is a very beautiful bulbous plant with beautiful white fragrant flowers. Its leaves are wide, dark, shiny, on long stalks.
Eucharis blooms once, sometimes twice a year - in autumn and spring, in winter, during dormancy, and requires moderate watering (but more abundant than hippeastrum). Light-loving plant. He needs a pot small, low and wide. He refuses to bloom in a spacious one until numerous bulbs fill it and become crowded with it. Therefore, it should be transplanted no more than once every 4 years, and the bulbs are buried completely.
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I love very much pankration. Its fragrant white flowers look like old lace because of narrow thin “petals”. Flowering time - autumn or early winter. Pankratsii blooms best on southeast windows. Watering is moderate during flowering and rather scarce during dormancy. Plants should be transplanted in the spring once every 2-3 years. The bulb is sunk into the ground by only one third, the baby is separated for reproduction.
Clivia, or Kaffir lily, as the name indicates, came to us from South Africa. This plant is remarkable for its unpretentiousness. The leaves of clivia are long, dense, dark green. The flowers are orange-red, collected in a bunch on the top of the peduncle. On one arrow there can be up to 40, on old plants at the same time there are up to 5-6 arrows. Old specimens in winter can bloom repeatedly. I propagate clivia with seeds and daughter bulbs.
- A. A. Ukolov