Cybister Amaryllis

Hippeastrum cybister

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Why grow it: For an exotic, tropical spin on an easy-to-grow winter favorite. Thin, spidery petals and slashes of bright color make up this decidedly un-amaryllis-looking amaryllis.

Vital statistics: Grow indoors in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 to 8, or outdoors in Zones 9 to 11. Cybisters grow no more than 20 inches tall. Once planted, it blooms in 8 to 12 weeks. Varieties include 'La Paz', which blooms in shades of coral; 'Ruby Meyer', scarlet with yellow veining; and 'Emerald', a green heart with red and white stripes. Its leaves are evergreen.

What it needs: Grow cybister the same way you'd grow an ordinary amaryllis: Plant the bulb so that its "shoulders" are clear of the potting mix, and the "nose" of the bulb is above the rim of the pot. Put it in a bright place, and don't overwater. Turn the pot to keep the stalk from leaning into the light. Once it blooms, keep it well watered and out of direct sun.

Sources
Brent and Becky's Bulbs, 877-661-2852
McClure & Zimmerman, 800-546-4053
John Scheepers, 860-567-0838

 

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