AN AVID Terranora gardener believes she's on her way to the Guinness Book of Records with an eye-popping, bright red apple blossom hippeastrum.

Normally one hippeastrum bloom will produce produce four flowers.

But Liz Fraser's hippeastrum has six open blooms, with a further three in bud.

"I've not been able to find any record of a number of blooms of more than six, so I was quite excited when I got to nine buds," Ms Fraser said.

Apple blossom hybridised in the Netherlands in 1954, she said.

"I have been growing various hippeastrums as well other plants for a long time," she said.

"I grew these plants organically... this method is by far the best as well as the fact that the rich volcanic soil here at Terranora certainly plays its part as everything grows twice as big."

Ms Fraser has fenced off the bloom until the Guinness Book of Records decides whether to accept her world record attempt.

Regardless, Ms Fraser's friends at the Twin Towns Garden Club are sure to be green with envy.



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