5 fun alternatives to hippeastrum

Few bulbous can boast such popularity as hippeastrum. In room culture, it is so widespread that it is included in the list of “golden classics”. But the choice is not limited only to hippeastrum, and in terms of more interesting shapes, colors, grace and endurance, it has many competitors. Outlandish or rare, which have changed the garden culture to the indoor bulbous format, can offer a considerable variety.

Hippeastrum. Farmer Burea-Uinsurance.com Van Chaplin

Relatives-competitors of your favorite hippeastrum

Bulbous plants are universal favorites in both gardens and indoor culture. No other indoor plant can compete with their flowering. And the beauty (either graceful and delicate, or large and bright flowers and inflorescences) more than compensates for any difficulties in ensuring their rest period. And although the bulbous indoor stars are far from being leaders in non-capriciousness, they are definitely inimitable as seasonal accents. And if earlier the assortment of bulbs was limited only to hippeastrum and spring primroses, today there is plenty to choose from. In place of the boring, but still classics, bulbous stars come with a completely different character.

Hippeastrum almost completely ousted genuine amaryllis… And only now the former glory returns to these plants. Delicate pink, collected in inflorescences up to 1 m high, charmingly fragrant, amaryllis seem romantic and delicate. But the range of crops that can compete with the main favorites among bulbous plants is not limited only to them. Dazzling gramophone wallots, even if they do not last long, but conquer with their bright color and beauty of their structure.

Winter torches weltheimia, which somewhat resemble knifofia, in the rooms seem so unexpectedly bright that you literally cannot take your eyes off them. Bloom hemanthus, or deer tongue, is able to compete even with decorative bows, and the graceful white-flowered gimenokallis it will enchant anyone with its narrow, fancifully twisted perianth petals around a central “bell”. Bends and unusual shape became famous and Nera.

А Zefirantes not only relentlessly releases new large flowers, justifying the nickname “upstart” with its swiftness, but also forms beautiful foliage. With him, in tenderness and brightness, perhaps ifeyon… And that’s not all the potential competitors of hippeastrum: and durable pancratium, and touching milkweed, and abundant sternberg, and the legendary Amazonian lily euharisand crinum – an unpretentious giant, and lachenalia – a bright and not at all like a bulbous star … All of them are waiting to be paid attention to.

Of course, when choosing something new from the number of bulbous indoor plants, one should not forget about the hippeastrum themselves. They are so beautiful and varied that no plant can overshadow them. And other bulbous plants are not intended to replace or supplant them – they just complement the palette of flowering plants and set off the beauty of the hippeastrum, offering unique accents for different seasons and different moods.

Clivia MiniataКливия киноварная (Clivia Miniata). Farmer Burea-Uinsurance.com coclivia

Bulbous plants are often perceived as seasonal spring touches, lively bouquets that compensate for the dullness outside the window and bring welcome bloom. And for many, the concept of a bulbous indoor flower is associated with winter holidays: after all, it is to them that the magnificent hippeastrum most often bloom. But in fact, there is a bulbous star for almost any season.

The choice of species is especially rich, blooming when the garden parade of perennials and summer plants subsides – in autumn, winter and early spring. From the September bloom of nerine to the autumn show of pancratium, competing with the hippeastrum lahenalia, summer genuine amaryllis and eucharises challenging the snowdrifts outside the window – the range of indoor bulbous ones is really very representative and far from boring.

Let’s get acquainted with five favorites, which in any interior will look no worse than even the most exclusive varieties of hippeastrum. These true stars are not the easiest to grow, but they are definitely inimitable plants.

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