The tubers can be planted in open ground or in a pot. Potted tubers aren't frost hardy, so bring the pot indoors or protect the plant with bubble wrap. Space the tubers out when planting in open ground. 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 full sun or partial shade. Water the tuber immediately after planting. Don't water it until the soil feels dry to the touch. The tubers come in organic packaging. Made of 100% natural materials and 100% recyclable!
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|Latin name:||Colchicum autumnale 'Waterlily'|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bulb or tuber|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||September - October|
|Growing Height:||15 - 20 cm|
|Planting distance:||15 - 20 cm|
|Planting depth:||5 - 10 cm|
|Bulb circumference:||16 cm|
What do I need?
• Small spade or bulb planter
• Watering can
• Fresh potting soil and hydro grains (for pots or planters)
How do I plant the Colchicum?
It’s best to plant the Colchicum as soon as possible after receipt. Plant it directly into the ground, in a flower pot or in a spacious planter. The dwarf iris grows best in loose, well-drained soil. A sheltered spot in the sun or semi-shade will do just fine.
The Colchicum should be planted at a depth of 3 times the height of the bulb. For instance, if the tulip bulb is 5 cm high it should be planted at a depth of 15 cm. The distance between small bulbs is 5 - 8 cm and 10 - 15 cm between larger ones.
Planting can be done in spring as well as in autumn. Use a small spade or a special bulb planter for planting. Plant the bulb with the tip up and the roots down.
How do I plant the Colchicum in a pot or planter?
Put a layer of hydro grains on the bottom of a decorative pot. Place the flower bulb in the potting soil at the right depth. Water immediately after planting. A Colchicum in a pot is not frost hardy. So put a layer of bubble wrap on the inside of the pot or put it inside before frost sets in.
Planting the Colchicum in the garden
Find a suitable place in the border or create a flowerbed. Loosen the soil well and divide the tulip bulbs across the surface. That can be done in groups of 6 or spread out evenly. Plant the Colchicum as indicated above, water immediately, don't walk on the freshly planted area.
What do I need?
- Watering can
How do I care for the Colchicum?
The Colchicum doesn't require a lot of care. Water well during dry spells. Make sure the soil doesn't become too moist. Remove dead flower stems so all the energy goes to the bulb. Clip off the iris's leaves once they turn yellow. During frost, put the pot inside in a cool area at a temperature above freezing. Cover the soil with leaves when the bulb is planted in the garden.
Colchicum ‘Waterlily’ is one of the easiest autumn flowering bulbs to grow in the garden. Each lilac-pink flower has more than 20 petals. The Colchicum flowers remind us of crocuses. Did you know that you can easily distinguish the Colchicum from the crocus? Colchicum has 6 stamens whilst the crocus only has 3. The flowering period of ‘Waterlily’ is during the autumn and in the spring only its long, shiny leaves appear. You can also use the Colchicum as a 'dry flowerer'. The corms can simply be placed on a light, warm window-sill (without compost and the flowers will soon appear. It can be returned to the garden immediately after flowering. The entire plant is toxic.