Cultural Requirements

  • Plant in full sun
  • Good drainage is essential
  • Improve soil drainage by – raised beds – addition of coarse sand
  • Add Organic Compost and General Garden Food  to soil prior to planting
  • As foliage comes through soil , and as flower buds form, feed regularly with a liquid food such as Yates Thrive, or Nitrosol
  • Plant the corm with the claws facing down, 5cm deep, 15cm apart
  • Plant in groups for best effect, or if in rows, plant 3-4 corms wide
  • Start planting Jan through to May to provide a succession of flowers
  • Lift corms once foliage turns yellow and store in a dry airy place until next season
  • Can be grown in pots and containers, using Potting Mix or Outdoor container mix

 Pests and Diseases

  • No major problems – however, corms will rot or give poor germination if soil does not drain freely and remains water logged. Under wet conditions flowers will be small and less prolific.