Flower Color Mixed Common Name Ixia Botanical Name Ixia Bulbs Mixed Light Requirements Partial shade / Full sun Bloom Time Mid to Late Spring Estimated Mature Height 18-26" tall Optimal planting spread 3-6" wide Planting Season Autumn Planting Depth 6-8 Inches deep Soil Moisture Average
Common Name: African Corn Lily
Botanical Name: Ixia
Exposure: Full sun to very light shade
Hardiness: Zones 8-10, and to 7 with protective mulch
Bloom Season: Late spring - early summer
Bulb/Plant Size: 5+ cm
Keep moist during growing season
Light: Full sunlight only
Height: 16 in.
Space: 3 in. apart, 10-12 per. sq. ft.
Flowering Period: Very Late Spring to Early Summer
Flower Color: Various Colors
Depth: 5 in. to the base
Usage: Beds, borders, fresh cut flowers
Hardiness: Semi-hardy, injured below 28 degrees F (-2C)
Ixia are cormous. A large South African genus of nearly 50 species, nearly all confined to the south western rainfall region. They mostly have long, narrow, erect, rather tough leaves and wiry stems bearing simple or branched spikes (occasionally single-flowered) of flat, starry or sometimes cupped flowers in almost any color, blue, green red, pink, purple, yellow, orange or white, often with a contrasting eye in the centre. They are all winter-growers so the corms should be planted in early autumn and watered to start them into growth. In mild areas they may be grown outside in well-drained, sunny positions but in cold winter areas they need frost protection; they are suitable for planting directly into a bed in a cool glasshouse or conservatory which is kept just-frost-free, or for growing in pots, although many of them are a little tall for this purpose; a sandy soil mix suits them very well. Under glass they need plenty of light if they are to grow welland open their flowers properly. After flowering in winter/spring and reaching the end of their growing season in late spring they can be dried off for the summer months.
Sometimes, Ixias are offered for spring planting in order to flower in the summer. These are ixia corms which has been stored through winter to prevent them growing. For the first flowering season after planting they will grow in summer, but after that they will try to revert to their normal autumn/winter growing habit unless they are dug up at the end of that first season and dried off again for the winter. On the whole this is not very satifactory and, as they are fairly cheap, it is probably best to regard them as summer bedding for one season only, then discard them.
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WHEN WILL THIS ITEM SHIP?
Fall Planted bulbs are shipped from September through December.Orders placed before Sept 15:Expect your order to arrive mid September at your location.Orders placed Sept 15 to Dec 15:Orders are shipped the same week that they are placed.