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Monday, 27 April 2015

GROWING RED TRUMPET LILY (AMARYLLIS/HIPPEASTRUM) IN MY GARDEN.

I remembered I bought two bulbs of the Red Trumpet Lily from the wet market many years ago. The auntie told me that the bulb will yield red flowers and I just have to trust her.

At that time I was starting my gardening hobby and I was collecting a lot of plants. I tried not to buy full grown plants from the plant nurseries because that would incur a lot of money. So I usually buy baby plants which were cheaper. I have to patiently care for the plants and have the joy of watching them grow. Sometimes I will be blessed with stem cuttings and seeds from friends.

True to the auntie's word, the bulb grew into a healthy plant and bore bright red, beautiful trumpet flowers. Now the one plant had multiplied into many plants.
Scientific name: Hippeastrum / Amaryllis

Common name: Red Trumpet Lily

Each flower stem will usually yield 4 flowers that look like red trumpets. 2 opposite flowers will bloom first and then the next 2 opposite flowers will bloom.

Some will only have 2 or 3 flowers.

Leaves: green, long strap leaves that can grow to about 20 inches (50 cm) long and the width about 1.75 inches (4.5 cm).

The flowers are held up above the leaves. It has 6 red petals and centre light green. The flower stalk grows out direct from the ground. It has 6 stamens and 1 stigma.

Red Trumpet Lily can be grown in normal garden soil and with good water drainage. It does well in full sun or partial shade.

Red Trumpet Lily brightens up the garden with its bright red trumpet flowers. It can be grown in the ground or in pots.

Propagation is through bulbs. My pot of Red Trumpet Lily is now overcrowded, and the bulbs need to re-potted. I also grow them in the ground.

A flower bud growing out from the ground, ready to bloom.

Here comes the Red Trumpet Lily emerging from the bud.

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice

 and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;

it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon

will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;

they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.

(Isaiah 35:1-2, New International Version-NIV)

38 comments:

  1. Stunning!!! A friend of ours has some growing n his front yard. He said he would give me something to grow my own.

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    1. Ginny, so kind of your friend to give some to you. Very soon you will have your own plant in your garden.

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  2. The flowers is so beautiful, loves it...

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    1. I love this one too, because it is bright and red.

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  3. feels like spring!
    I am now your follower and will be visiting you regularly:)
    have a nice week!

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    1. Thank you, Ola, will do the same for you too.

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  4. Beautiful, the colour is so vibrant a real delight.

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  5. Lovely post. Your plant is doing very well and has multiplied greatly.

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    1. Thank you, and do have a great week.

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  6. Nancy, your red trumpet lilies are gorgeous! Such a joy to look at :)

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    1. It is always a joy to see the lilies blooming.

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  7. they're really beautiful! you do have a 'green thumb' as they say.

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  8. You have a very beautiful garden, Nancy.

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  9. So pretty. My favourite colour is red so I like this flower very much. The bulb reminds me of tulip bulbs.

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    1. Thank you, Mun. I like red flower too.

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous, Nancy!!!

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    1. Gosia, you get to see their beauty at home.

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  12. Hi Nancy, these lovely red trumpet lilies are so beautiful ^-^! Seeing these lovely flowers brighten up my morning :D

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  13. Hi Nancy,

    You did really well for your gardening. Nice healthy flowers.The bright red colours look very pretty! You must grow more plants...

    Zoe

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    1. Thank you, Zoe. I am spending more time in gardening, Love to see their blooms.

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  14. With us such beautiful flowers can only grow in pots at home. Regards.

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    1. You can still get to enjoy the blooms.

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  15. Seems like you have green fingers..your lilies grow well.

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    1. Thank you, Agness. Have a wonderful day.

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  16. Such a wonderful flower.Love it.Thank you for visited my blog and leaving a nice comment.
    Maybe follow each other??Greeting xoxo

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    1. Thank you for your visit too. Let's follow each other.

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  17. I bought a bulb last October and now it has three long leaves :) the vendor said it will have red flowers, i hope it will be as vibrant as yours :) how long does it take to grow flowers, more bulbs?

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    1. Hi Anne, thank you for your visit to my blog. I can't remember how long it takes to bloom. Just be patient, it will bloom when it is ready. It multiply quite easily. I noticed they do not bloom all the year round.

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