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  • amaryllis Fairytale bulb
  • Eventual height: 0.4m
  • Eventual spread: 0.2m

Hippeastrum (Diamond Group) 'Fairytale'

amaryllis Fairytale bulb

RHS award of garden merit
1 bulb £9.99
1 bulb £9.99
  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil or in loam-based compost, such as John Innes no2, with additional leaf mould and sharp sand
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: October to November
  • Hardiness: frost tender (will need winter protection)
  • Bulb Size: 26/28

    The showy green-eyed flowers of this stunning amaryllis have petals that are a combination of rich salmon pink and white stripes. It is an easy-to-grow indoor plant, which will produce at least two stems of large flowers. It makes a wonderful gift and will come back year after year.

    General care: Fill a pot with good quality potting compost, setting the bulb in the compost so that the top two thirds are exposed. Water the compost only when the surface is dry, watering too much just after potting can cause the bulb to rot. Keep the plant in a sunny spot, though not direct sun and rotate the plant so as to avoid the flower stalk leaning towards the light.

    Once flowering has finished cut off the flower stalk 5-10cm above the bulb - don't cut off the foliage. Water when the surface of the compost is dry and feed regularly with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Usually the best thing to do is keep watering it through the summer and in autumn stop watering and move to a dark, dim spot. This stimulates the drought season of the plant’s native South America. Allow it to dry out for a few months so that the foliage wilts and dies back. In November bring it back in to the light and start watering again. Old foliage should be removed though take care not to cut any new shoots off. In a few weeks a new flower shoot will appear and flower just in time for Christmas.
  • Harmful if eaten