Make the run up to Christmas that little bit more exciting with our take on a Christmas Advent Calender. Each day we will be sharing information to teach, inspire and excite you all on the build up to christmas!
Day 1 is dedicated to a brightly coloured, vibrant bloom that is often associated with this holiday season: the Hippeastrum or otherwise known as Amaryllis. It is a genus of the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South American regions such as Mexico, Argentina and the Caribbean.
This popular bloom is sold both as a cut flower or as potted house plants. Hippeastrum means ‘horseman’s star’ in Greek and is also commonly known as ‘Knights Star’ because of its resemblance to a medieval weapon used from horseback.
As a wholesalers, our knowledge is directly associated with the cut flower varieties. Markets generally sell this bloom in either two grade distinctions, a four flower head per stem OR a two flower head per stem. They are also in three main categories, (1). Galaxy – single flowers, (2). Double Galaxy – double flowers, and (3). Spider – spiky shaped flowers. They are generally sold in boxes of 12, 15, 18 stems and even some varieties are sold in 30 stems!!
This beautiful bloom is sold in an array of colours, mainly bright coloured in reds, whites and oranges. They are perfect as an focal point for a christmas arrangement for your home interiors, your table centres for your wedding day or even a gift for a loved one!
Hippeastrum are a hollow stemmed flower, (just like delphinium, aconitum, lupins and larkspur), and have to be conditioned in a specific way for best results:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water & add flower food.
- Turn the hippeastrum upside down & fill the hollow stems with luke warm water.
- Hold your thumb over the end of the stem to stop the water from escaping.
- Turn the hippeastrum over & plungle into the bucket of water.
- Leave to condition over night before arranging.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the hippeastrum in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.
If you would like to find out more information about these beautiful blooms, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01394 385 832 or visit our website for our online flower market and informative flower guides to help you every step of the way!!
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