Space the tubers out when planting. The distance between plants is three times the width of the tuber. Plant the tuber the depth of three times the tuber's height. Plant the tubers in the sun. Water the tuber immediately after planting. Then the soil should be kept slightly damp until it blooms. Don't water it once it blooms. The flower bulbs come in organic packaging. 100% degradable and contributes to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
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|Latin name:||Ixia sp|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bulb or tuber|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||June - July|
|Growing Height:||35 - 40 cm|
|Bulb circumference:||5 cm|
In spring the corn lily (Ixia) bulbs can be planted approximately 7 cm deep. First you should thoroughly loosen the soil and scatter a layer of sharp sand in the bottom of the plant hole. In this way, rain water is able to drain away under the bulbs. Place the Ixia corms approximately 7 centimetres apart. After planting, water well. Ixias prefer a rich, water-permeable soil. Improve poor garden soil by mixing in fertiliser. In winter, you should apply some lime on the soil. This Ixia likes to grow in a warm sunny spot.
Combining corn lilies
The corn lilies (Ixia) from our range are particularly beautiful varieties very sought after for their shape and colours. Plant a group near to Cosmos 'Flamingo' or dahlias. Combined with herbs and ornamental grasses, e.g. Japanese bloodgrass (Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'), you can create a very natural effect. This Ixia is also highly suitable for flowerpots and containers.
We recommend regularly adding a special fertiliser for flowering bulbs as soon as the flower buds of the Ixias make an appearance. At the end of the flowering period remove all faded flower stems. Leave the foliage as the leaves take in sunlight which strengths the bulb ready for the next season.
Keeping corn lily through the winter
It is very easy to overwinter corn lily (Ixia) bulbs. Carefully dig up the small bulbs after the first night frost. Cut off all foliage 10 cm above the tuber and allow them to dry. Shake the soil from the tubers and place them in a box with peat dust or sharp sand. Store the box in a frost-free room. The following spring, replant the small tubers and the Ixia will reward you with its magnificent flowers.
It is possible to overwinter them in the garden, but there is no 100% guarantee that they will flower again the next year. If you do, a tip is to plant them a little deeper in a sufficiently permeable soil and cover with a thick layer of leaves. Late March the layer of leaves can be removed.
Corn lily (Ixia) originate from the cooler parts of South Africa. They can reach a height of 35 cm and are distinguished by delightful spikes with flowers of approximately Ø 5 cm. It sometimes happens that the flower stem branches off, which is a strange sight for this type of flower, but it adds a lot of charm to them.
Ixia is classified under the iris family (Iridaceae).
These small flowering bulbs look quite graceful in a vase and last for a long time. So be sure to plant a group in your cut flower garden. Choose the right time for picking – preferably early in the morning – just when the lower flowers start to show colour. Immediately place the stems in a vase of warm water with a little cut flower nutrition added.