Posted: 15/08/2012 at 10:10
I bought 40 acidenthera bulbs at Cardiff flower show in April. When I checked on growing conditions and saw they were not fully hardy, I split them up between six large plastic pots and sank them into the ground. They have all flowered prolifically, despite the rain here in Wales. I am thinking of growing tulips this way as I am always slicing them up when trying to put summer plants in.
Back to the acidanthera - they are not much like other gladioli as their flowers are well separated but they are tall and beautiful and shine out even on dull days. Don't give up, Josie4, but do try feeding the bulbs after they have flowered to help them 'stock up' for next year.