Oh my, what a beauty. Don’t hold back if this is the secret to your happiness, it will sell out for sure.
Open blooms with double layered petals of cream and antique white that blend subtly to a chartreuse throat. The edges are traced in a vibrant pink that perfectly defines their shape. Occasionally flashes of this same pink streak across the petals and embolden the bloom.
Each flower stretches to 14cm across on 30cm stems. You will average two stems and up to six blooms on each once the bulbs settle in and establish themselves.
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.
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.
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.
Supplied as: Bulb
Hippeastrum x hybridum
Late spring to summer
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Semi Shade