"I'm your host and plant enabler. Jane Perron this week. We're taking a look at the rover over t t Christmas Bowl. That is a Hippie astrum often roy only night as Amaryllis. We'll be looking at how to plant it and how to get it to fly on time and what to do afterward so at flowers next year. So if you bought a Hippie astrum bulb to plot along with mine it's time to go and root it out the paper bag and get ready for some potting and I answered a question about a collocation. He's made friends with a mushroom. Is this a toxic relationship or much made in heaven. Thanks to all of you who've responded to last week's news about our cray cray plan to get a new plant Emoji out into your smartphones and the one that everyone wants seems to be backing on facebook at least is the monster leaf. We had a few other suggestions. A few people backed a Rosette type. succulent I was Kinda thinking about an echeverria shape. A few people were keen on Venus flytrap and one joker and jury in as an option. Google that if you don't know what it is it's a it's a stinky fruit loved the idea of a jury and Emoji. Alex he suggested that but I'm not sure that is going to fly with unique. Owed who decide about these emojis and let me ones in but I think we definitely gonNA plump for the Monster Leaf. Good news is that we have somebody who has some graphic design Zayn expertise. Thank you Jessie. Who stepped forward to volunteer to help with this? And I can't wait to see what she comes up with so we may have a draft EMOJI energy for you guys to look out fairly soon. Thank you Christina. For becoming a legend this week joining are happy clown of patriotic subscribers bribers thanks to Dell phonic six one and Culpa Fula for leading lovely reviews of the show on Apple. PODCASTS if you want to support the show but you don't have enough pays in your purse to be a patriot. Subscriber than leaving. A review is a brilliant way to do that or get all old fashioned and sit down on your friends and family and show them how to download the podcast and how to listen to on the ledge. Because word of mouth is one of the most powerful ways that people can find out about the show the B. Astrum Barry White of the indomitable world massive and flamboyant and maybe just a teeny bit cheesy but in a good way as amazing plants woman Anna Pave Ord puts it in her brin and simply simply titled Book. Bob Don't be snooty about them. They are fabulous things in the whole point of them is. They're ludicrous size and their ability to knock you out from the far side of a room. I it's clear up a confusion about the name you may be more you sing this plot labeled as Amaryllis but that's actually a misnomer that really refers to Amaryllis Bella Donna which is a more refined and delicate Li like bulb from South Africa whereas Hippie astronaut from Latin America and they've been hybridize extensively to produce a huge range of the trumpet like flowers that we know and love and and these trumpet like flowers. While they're on this amazing tool meaty stem. which does we have to admit look rather phallic when in the bud stage of development? So do prepare I self for that when it comes to choosing a Cultivar it really depends on your aesthetics there are showy really. Ott ones like the deep red crimson in polk and the frankly he is double white and red striped dancing queen and more subtle affairs such as the Pale. Greeny White Lemon Star and the spidery Haidari. Cherry red and lime green Lara's they're loaded places to buy both mail order. But if you want to get started now. You may need to do that if you want to. Have your bone in flower for Christmas. It may be advisable to buy in person from a garden center or other Boutique Shop. When you're choosing those bulbs in person can you get the chance to choose the absolute pick of the bunch? So look for the biggest bulbs that you can find and maybe give them a good squeeze chip very nice and firm and they've got no big splits or signs of mold or rot and you're also looking for big cluster of juicy roots coming out the bottom of the bulb which is a really good sign if he wanted to bloom in time for the festive season. It is a bit of a gamble. Mice labels will tell you that they fly about six to eight weeks wchs from planting time but inevitably it does vary a bit depends on the conditions. You have the CULTIVAR you've got. How carefully attend them? And before you you get around to planting they do need twelve to twenty four hours of soaking This is quite easy. Just take a a a bowl or wide vars and half it with tepid water and then stick the bolt in the top. Make sure the roots are in contact with the water and a little bit of Boll can be underwater as well overnight or for a few hours and then they ready to go and plant. So let's go get boy babies planted. I've got two bolts. One read Po. Yes the Crimson Drama Queen and I've got a Alabama's as well. which is the spidery one? I referred to earlier so it's going to be fascinating to see how they do but before we start. Let's just run over what we're going to need these monster. Both country to appearances. Don't need a monster pot. What you need is a pop this just slightly larger than the circumference of the boat? Terra cotta works really really well. You can't use plastic but whatever part you choose just make sure it does have drainage and a pay board suggests two to one mix of multi-purpose composed on grit aren't going to be using silver grey Pete free with a few handfuls of Grit added in and make sure that your potting mix is at room temperature when you pop folks so it doesn't have a horrible shock from being plunged into ice cold potting mix. Okay I'm going to go off and get started so come along and let's get."