The cut flower of the month for December is possibly winter’s biggest, boldest, showiest bloom, the amaryllis.
The amaryllis’s petals are very unusual: they look like they’re made of fabulous velvet. In terms of colour they come in white, red, yellow, pink, salmon, purple, orange and bicoloured. There are usually 4 to 6 impressive flowers on the stem. The amaryllis as a cut flower does not have any leaves, which is why it’s sometimes called ‘Naked Lady’ in America.
Care tips for amaryllis
Enjoy amaryllises for a long time by following these tips.
• Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
• Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
• Trim the stems diagonally with a clean and sharp knife or secateurs.
• Regularly top the vase up with tap water.
• The amaryllis’s stem is sometimes too weak to bear the weight of the flowers: a stake inserted in the stem is then the solution to keep it properly upright.
• Amaryllises will last longer in a cool spot; do not place them in the sun or close to a source of heat.