North facing ideal
In warm areas plant May-Sept.
In cold areas plant Aug – Dec.
Must be well drained
Add Organic Compost and General Garden Food (see packet for rates)
Can also be grown in pots and containers – use Container Mix. Approx. 6 corms to a 20cm t/c pot
Give weekly applications of Yates Thrive Liquid Flower and Fruit during period when flower stalks are forming ,as new corms are developing at the same time
Keep well watered through growing period, especially in drier periods
- With basal plate downwards
- 10cm deep, 15-20cm apart
- Plant in groups, rather than rows
- Staking necessary to protect from wind damage
- Position stake at time of planting to avoid damage to bulbs
Pests & Diseases
Small rasping insect which causes silvering of leaves and dark specks on underside of leaves. Spray with Mavrik
Yellow-orange mottled areas on upper surface of some leaves - some yellow-orange pustules on undersides. Spray with Shield.
Symptoms do not show up until flowering
Flowers develop streaks and broken colour
Destroy infected plants