Our Ixia super mixture is just this, a fantastic combination of colours that are hand mixed. They include our named varieties Jessie, Venus and Spotlight as well as others including yellow, white and purple.
They are best grown in the warmer, drier areas of the garden or also do very well in containers. Ixia are often called ‘African Corn lily’ and are native to South Africa. They are quite exotic looking flowers but are not difficult to grow.
Cultivate soils to a depth of 10-15cms and add plenty of sand and grit to ensure free drainage.
Plant corms 8cms deep and 5-8cms apart. Start off with bulb starter to help root establishment.
On first planting water the soil well but during growing do not over water as they are used to being in hot dry areas.
Most bulbs will begin to grow roots in just a week or two but you typically won’t see activity above the soil until next spring. After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don’t cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future.
Water as needed during active growth periods; about 1″ of moisture per week is a good estimate. Later in the season, when the foliage turns yellow and dies back this indicates that the plant is slipping into dormancy. Foliage many be removed at this point. These bulbs like dry conditions when they are dormant. Water your bulbs just once during the autumn with a water-soluble fertilizer to nourish the bulbs as they develop new roots and top growth. Your bulbs will survive without fertilizer, but providing extra nutrients encourages more ixia flowers, larger blossoms and longer life for these plants.
Soil type: Free draining sandy soils.
Flowering Time: March – April
Flowering height: 6 inches (15cm)
Aspect: Full sun to light shade. The warmer parts of the garden
New season top quality bulbs supplied from September onwards