Hemerocallis 'Bela Lugosi'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The tepals of this striking daylily have a thick texture and a slightly ruffled edge. This, coupled with the rich purple and green colouring, creates an exotic-looking bloom that makes a dramatic statement in the planting scheme from mid-July.
- Garden care: The Greek term 'hemerocallis' means 'beautiful for a day', and daylilies need regular deadheading to prolong flowering and prevent their unsightly deadheads from dominating the scene. Each stem carries several flowers, so snap off each flower as it fades. When the stem has finished flowering, cut it down to the ground. After the plant has finished flowering altogether, pull out the dead leaves. When the foliage is looking tatty, cut it down to the ground and fresh new growth will appear. Lift and divide every two years in spring to keep the rhizomes vigorous and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Water frequently from spring until the buds appear.
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Q:I bought this Hemerocallis last spring I think from Crocus, and despite all my efforts it did not give any flowers however a different variety (white) one has flowered very well. What could be the matter?Asked on 9/2/2013 by Tamara from West Sussex
There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients, and this can vary from plant to plant. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. I am not really sure why yours has not produced flowers this year but given time and the right conditions, there is no reason why it won't flower. You can often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 9/3/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
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