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These stately plants produces apricot coloured flower spikes which soar above the border in the early summer. To do well, these Asian plants need shelter and warmth, especially after flowering, so grow them where the sun bakes the tubers in late summer. The sword-like, green leaves appear early in clumps, and start to die down just as the flower spikes appear. Ensure good drainage by adding grit to the soil at planting time, and by setting the tubers on a bed of sand or grit.
Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb
Flower colour: Orange
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: September to November
Time to divide plants: July to August
Flowering period: June to July
Purchased FIVE for first time last year 2011; very keen gardener but a novice with these babies. I followed all instructions/advice I could find. Unfortunately just ONE bloomed but oh boy, it was spectacular! Flower-spire lasted for ages and even the dying seed-head was not ugly nor untidy. It was only luck that I covered them a little (plus a mild winter). However, it appeared just ONE was re-emerging this spring - now I've found three more. It is really important to follow any advice re position/care. They take up a lot of space (because of their shallow-depth AND the vastly-spreading horizontal white roots). I have this year been told that it's not uncommon to have 'no-shows' in the first year. Propagation/Division/Aftercare? Any advice welcome! please.
I'm in love! I have the perfect setting for them from an aesthetic point of view and I can certainly guarantee the baking but the 'sheltered' is a concern. I'm trying valiantly to build up wind resistance without putting up a solid fence but it's a slow process.
Should I give them a miss until that's sorted or take a chance?
Hi,I bought these last year and went for a safe option by placing them in different parts of my garden,none of them flowered but this year the one in full sun has and it is beautiful.Maybe next year the others will come up but I am going to add more sand around the plant and let the worms pull it down to the roots.
I bought some bulbs this year but have not yet planted them, so should I plant now In June or wait until Oct/Nov?
Planted 5 last autumn, 2 are showing leaves about 5 inches high but no flower spike is that usual? The frost did burn the tops slightly.
I have clay soil but added 2" of gravel & sand before planting, and covered with conifer clippings during winter. Any tips and advise most welcome. Fingers crossed a spike will appear soon...
Have grown these for a number of years now and they get better and better every year. From 3 tubers brought mail order 5 years ago they have formed nice clumps with the flowers standing out above other plants. I have found that they need a good baking by the sun with little shade on the leaves , something that is hard to achieve in a garden but well worth it !
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