Fabulously frilled, fully double flowers with a fresh green heart. Each 2-3 layered bloom is 15cm across and established bulbs will produce up to eight on a stem. The stems of Sonata Hippeastrum ‘Alfresco’ grow 30-40cm and up to three of these can open in a season. A reliable performer with great vigour.
Double Hippeastrums are the triumphant result of years of intensive hybridising. With all the hard work done in the breeding, these bulbs are quite effortless to grow and they offer the flourish of two or three times the petals of the single varieties.
On average, Sonata Hippeastrums flower just six to eight weeks after planting, faster in warmer weather. This new selection; which were bred in South Africa by renown breeders, Hadeco, uses the best of the latest in breeding techniques that produce even more stems with sizable and numerous blooms. They were devised for containers, so the stems are stocky and readily prepared to hold the blooms aloft. Of course, they will grow just as well in gardens, especially for those of you who don’t have the hassle of frost.
Double Hippeastrums are extroverts; their large, eye catching flowers open on strong, straight stems to oohs and aahs in summer. Not all the flowers open at the same time, so the succession of colour lasts the distance.
They last well in the garden, pots or cut for indoor displays (where they can easily last a few weeks).
In pots, they can be moved to centre stage when in bloom, and hidden behind the shed in winter dormancy.
Double Hippeastrums grow best in humus rich, moist, well drained soils. Hippeastrum grow Australia wide, they are semi evergreen and will go dormant in cool climates, where they should be grown in a warm spot and protected from frosts. In too much shade they won’t produce flowers, so aim for a nice sunny spot.
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