5 fun boring alternatives to hippeastrum
Few onions can boast such popularity as hippeastrum. In room culture, it was so widespread that it entered the list of "golden classics." But the choice is not limited only to hippeastrum, and from the point of view of more interesting forms, colors, grace and endurance, he had many competitors. Outlandish or rare, replacing the garden culture with a bulbous indoor format, can offer a considerable variety.
Relative rivals 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 beauty (either graceful and delicate, or large and bright flowers and inflorescences) more than compensates for any difficulties in ensuring their rest period. Although bulbous indoor stars are far from leaders in their capriciousness, they are certainly inimitable as seasonal accents. And if earlier the assortment of bulbs was reduced only to hippeastrum and spring primroses, today there is plenty to choose from. Instead of boring, but still classic, come onion stars with a completely different character.
The hippeastrum almost completely replaced genuine sills from our windowsills. amaryllis. And only now the former glory is returning to these plants again. Pale pink, collected in inflorescences up to 1 m high, charmingly fragrant, amaryllises seem romantic and tender. But only they assortment of cultures that can compete with the main favorites among the bulbous, is not limited. Dazzling Gramophone wallots, although they do not last long, but they conquer with the bright color and beauty of their structure.
Winter torches veltheymias, reminiscent of something of knifofiya, in the rooms seem so unexpectedly bright that literally you can not look away from them. Bloom hemanthus, or a deer tongue, is able to compete even with decorative bows, and an elegant white-flowered hymenocallis anyone will be captivated by their narrow, fancifully twisted perianth petals around the central “bell”. Bends and unusual shape became famous and nerin. AND marshmallows not only relentlessly releasing new large flowers, justifying its nickname “upstart” with its swiftness, but also forming beautiful foliage. Unless with tenderness and brightness, except ifeon. And this is not all the potential competitors of hippeastrum: and durable pankracium, and touching poultry farmer, and richly colored Sternbergia, and the legendary Amazonian lily eucharis, and krinum - unpretentious giant, and lachenalia - a bright and not at all like a bulbous star ... All of them are waiting for them to pay attention.
Of course, picking up something new from among the bulbous indoor plants, do not forget about the hippeastrum itself. They are so beautiful and varied that no plant can eclipse them. And other bulbs are not intended to replace or displace them - but only to complement the palette of flowering plants and to shade the beauty of hippeastrum, offering unique accents for different seasons and different moods.
Bulbous plants are often perceived as seasonal spring strokes, living bouquets that compensate for the grayness outside the window and bring the long-awaited flowering. And for many, the concept of a bulbous indoor flower is associated with the winter holidays: after all, it is to them that magnificent hippeastrum blooms most often. But in fact, there is a bulbous star for almost any season.
Particularly rich is the choice of species that bloom when the garden parade of perennials and summers subsides - in the fall, winter and early spring. From the September bloom of the Nerin to the autumn show of the pankratsium, competing with the hippeastrum of lachenalia, authentic summer amaryllises and eucharis, defying the snowdrifts of snow outside the window - the assortment of onion bulbs is really quite representative and far from boring.
We will get acquainted with five favorites that will look no worse in any interior than even the most exclusive varieties of hippeastrum. These genuine stars are not the easiest to grow, but certainly - inimitable plants.