Plant in a sunny border, mulch with gravel, and wait for the soft-blue touch paper of the African lily to ignite - they’re evening stars of August.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil (or John Innes no. 3 compost for containers)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection from frost in winter)
Globes of of trumpet-shaped, deep blue flowers appear form July to September on straight stems above bold clumps of strap-like, mid-green leaves. These beautiful African lilies provide valuable late summer interest in a sunny, well-drained border, or large patio pot. Where temperatures fall below zero, container-grown specimens should be overwintered in a frost free place.
- Garden care: Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly from spring until flowering. In cold areas, protect the crown of the plant with a deep, dry mulch to protect them from hard frosts, or grow in a pot so they can be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse. Divide plants in spring. Divide plants that have become too big in spring, but remember you will often get more flowers when the roots are constricted.
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Q:do i cut the africanus lily back, yhey are not blooming now. sounds like they should be july to septemberAsked on 7/21/2013 by buzzy from houston texas
These plants do not require any pruning apart from removing foliage that has died back.Answered on 7/22/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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