Growing Sparaxis Successfully
Sparaxis is one of the so-called minor bulbs (minor means they don't sell many of them) but they are an interesting bulb nevertheless.
Not reliably hardy where the soil gets frosty, this is a bulb from South Africa.
Plant in the full sun in a good garden soil. From an early spring planting, you'll get a mid-summer bloom.
Sparaxis tricolor mix
They are excellent bulbs for container growing and generally 6 to 8 corms in a 6-inch pot will give a good show. A spring planting should give you blooms by mid-August. Plant so the base of the bulb is 2-3 inches deep.
In the fall, dig up and store cool and dry for the next years growth.
There are six species but the most commonly found plant is S. tricolor. This corm will throw between 1 to 5 stems depending on the strength of the corm and these can reach 8 to 10 inches in height.
'Alba'is a white with dark center stripe in throat
'Honneur de Haarlem' has larger flowers (almost two inches) with deep crimson with a black blotch on the center.
You may also find a hybrid mix being offered. These are usually 'Magic Border Hybrids' a seed generated mix that come in a wide variety of colours and often multiple colours in a single blossom.
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