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I used to have an Achimenes years ago . Lovely plant but I put several rhizomes together to make it bushier. They are quite easy to grow but do need a period of dormancy. They usually start wilting Nov - Dec and that is the time you should stop watering them. When the plant has died down you can either leave it in its pot somewhere cool or lift the rhizomes and store them somewhere. I just used to leave mine in the pot and then about March start watering them . Make sure the water is tepid and not too cold and they will soon spring into life. Feed every couple of weeks when growth starts and I used to pinch mine out. Word of warning though - they don't like to be moved , especially when they are ready to flower. I moved house with mine and I'm convinced that's why it died .
Sorry, David but I've no idea where to buy one in Oz but am sure Mr. Google will help you out.
Thanks to everyone for reminding me about Achimenes - I feel the need to track them down now.
I bought my Achimenes from Dibleys Nursery
Pam LL x
Thanks Pam I've just found this link with pictures. Prices look good but the nursery is in Scotland.
Jean - I clicked on the link and a message Dangerous page came up
Strange. I got a warning to say something had been blocked but I've just been back on it ??? wonder what thats all about ?
It maybe site that has been reported for insecure payments or something like that- unless they sell cannabis plants
Hope I haven't caused anyone any trouble by posting that link Might be best to leave well alone. Pity. They had some nice looking plants on there.
Don't worry about it Jean I was just disappointed that I couldn't see the plants
Dibleys don't seem to have many on their website at the moment but I expect there will be more in their 2013 catalogue