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Hippeastrum: The Gardener's Amaryllis

By Veronica M. Read



The hybrids of Hippeastrum, also known by gardeners as amaryllis, have long been popular indoor plants, their flamboyant blooms bringing cheer during the dark winter months. Published in association with the Royal Horticultural Society as part of our Plant Collector Guide series, this book for gardeners describes the astonishing range of hybrids now available and explains how to get the best results from these rewarding plants. A wealth of practical advice accompanies the plant descriptions, including a specially formulated growing medium used by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, an effective "hot water treatment" for pests, and essential advice on feeding, watering, and lighting.

Media reviews

"An outstanding book."

—Veronica Read, National Gardener

"I highly recommend Read's book for a fascinating read and an excellent overview of this important genus."

—Charles Hardman, Bulb Garden

"Clear, concise, and easy to read, the author writes with a distinctive style, which is enjoyable and refreshing. The authorís passion for this group is obvious as well as contagious."

—William Johnson, E-Streams

"Veronica Read ... sets out to inspire us to grow amaryllis."

—Henry Fieldseth, Friends School of Minnesota

"More than 100 photos add a stunning dimension to the authorís 296-page work of artistic prose."

—Graham Andrews, North Devon Journal

"It's a wonderful book for an amateur as well as a professional grower."

—N. Thomas Strnad, Ohio Landscapers Association Newsletter



"This is a well-produced and informative book that should answer all questions on these glamorous plants."

—E. N., Plant Heritage

"If you want to know how to grow the perfect Hippeastrum or simply need a reference on these exotic blooms then this is the book for you."

—Geoff Hodge, Horticulturist

"Hippeastrum is an impressive and strongly recommended specialized addition for personal gardening, professional horticulture reference collections."

Wisconsin Bookwatch

"A magnificent book ... deserves a place in your library."

—Charles Hardman, Herbertia

"Veronica Read has an infectious and unstoppable passion for these potted princesses"

—Graham Andrews, View

About the author

Veronica M. Read

Veronica M. Read is the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens National Plant Collection Holder of Hippeastrum in the United Kingdom. She lectures widely to horticultural societies and gardening clubs and has also written for and been featured in various horticultural journals and broadsheets.

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