Sprekelia is a very unusual but stunning flower. This bulbous perennial has clumps of strap-shaped, mid-green leaves. Each stem of Sprekelia will grow to about 18″ tall and bear a solitary scarlet to deep crimson flower in late spring or early summer. Well established clumps may flower again later in the summer. A native to Mexico and Guatemala it grows best in partial sun and needs abundant moisture.
Indoor Planting: Because the bulbs are tender and flower best when crowded, container growing is probably best. The bulbs may need to be repotted every 2 to 3 years.
Plant outside: Grow in containers, tubs and borders. The soil needs to be cultivated to a depth of 15cms and the bulb planted 5-10cms deep. Grow in the very sunny parts of the garden or place containers accordingly. They will not over winter outside unless your garden is well protected. Lift after the flowers and leaves have dried back and dust bulbs with yellow sulphur. Keep bulbs over winter in a cool dry, frost free position before planting again the following spring.
Remove spent flower stems and allow foliage to die down naturally.
Pests and disease, this variety is generally problem free.
Keep soils moist in the first year to help them establish.
Use root grow to help the bulbs develop root growth quicker.
Flowering Height: 16-18″ (40-45cm)
Flowering period: May-June
Soil Type best grown as a pot plant in bulb fibre.
Aspect: Indoors in a conservatory, greenhouse or similar
Planting distance: 5-10cms between bulbs.
Planting depth: 5-8cms
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