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Video: 5 Fun Alternatives To Hippeastrum Indoor Bulbous Plants. Photo
Few bulbous can boast such popularity as hippeastrum. In room culture, it has become 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.
Companions-competitors of favorite hippeastrum
Bulbous plants are common 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 bulbous was limited only to hippeastrum and spring primroses, today there is plenty to choose from. Onion stars with a completely different character come to replace the boring, but still classics.
Hippeastrum almost completely ousted genuine amaryllis from our windowsills. And only now the former glory returns to these plants. Delicate pink, gathered 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 vallots, although they do not last long, conquer with their bright color and beauty of their structure.
Winter Welthemia torches, reminiscent of a knyphophia in some way, in the rooms seem so unexpectedly bright that you literally cannot take your eyes off them. The bloom of the hemantus, or deer tongue, is able to compete even with decorative bows, and the graceful white-flowered hymenokallis will enchant anyone with its narrow, fancifully twisted perianth petals around the central "bell". Curves and unusual shape became famous and Nerina.
And zephyranthes not only relentlessly releases new large flowers, justifying the nickname "upstart" with their swiftness, but also forms beautiful foliage. With him, in tenderness and brightness, perhaps the Ifeion is stretched. And this is not all the potential competitors of the hippeastrum: the long-lasting pancratium, and the touching birdhouse, and the abundant sternbergia, and the legendary Amazonian lily eucharis, and the crinum - an unpretentious giant, and lahenalia - a bright and not at all like a bulbous star … They all wait when they will be noticed.
Of course, when choosing something new from the number of bulbous indoor plants, you should not forget about the hippeastrum themselves. They are so beautiful and varied that no plant can outshine them. And the 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.
Bulbous plants are often perceived as seasonal spring touches, lively bouquets that compensate for the dullness outside the window and bring in a 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.
Particularly rich is the selection of species that bloom when the garden parade of perennials and annuals subsides - in autumn, winter and early spring. From the September bloom of nerine to the autumn show of pankratium, 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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