Rosy pink petals with a bold white star and chartreuse throat. A real stand out, Hippeastrum ‘Amalfi’ even tilts upward to better show off the blooms. A little taller than most at around 40cm, with 13cm flowers. Up to eight open on a stem and up to two stems will grow from established bulbs.
Hippeastrums are versatile and grow well in garden soils and in pots. In fact they are so easy to grow they are usually flower better with a bit of neglect!
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, Hideco, 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 up. Of course, they will grow just as well in gardens, especially for those of you who don’t have the hassle of frost.
Hippeastrums are extroverts; their large, eye catching flowers open on tall, 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 are simple to care for last well in gardens and pots, or cut for indoor displays.
In pots, they can be moved to centre stage when in bloom, and hidden behind the shed in winter dormancy.
Hippeastrums grow best in humus rich, moist, well drained soils. Though well drained is the most important factor. 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 sunny spot.
Generally red varieties flower first and white last, with the rest of the spectrum in between.
Supplied as: Bulb
Hippeastrum x hybridum
Late spring to summer
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Semi Shade