Hippeastrum bulbs are one of the very best bulbs for a spectacular indoor display in the depths of winter. Flowers are huge, are available in a wide range of colours, and the plants are generally quite easy to look after.
Let's start with the name - are they hippeastrums or amaryllis (which is the name still commonly used), and what is the difference? Well, technically the correct name is hippeastrum, and that is now generally accepted - but there has been nearly 300 years of confusion and debate by botanists over the name, so there's no wonder us mere mortals are sometimes not sure! Hippeastrums are from the West Indies and South America originally, whereas the true Amaryllis (such as A. belladonna) are from South Africa.
Hippeastrum bulbs (all of the bulbs we supply are top-sized bulbs, to ensure the most spectacular flowering) should be potted up on arrival, and then should be in flower within 8 weeks. The good news is that with a little care and attention they will flower year after year (see the FAQ tab on the variety page for further information on planting and aftercare).