3x Sprekelia formosissima red

Sprekelia formosissima

3x Sprekelia formosissima red

Sprekelia formosissima
Red & gold
An extraordinary flower! The Jacobean lily (Sprekelia) has a unique colour and shape. The shiny petals are bright red with a golden sheen. Give the Sprekelia a special place in your garden. For extra flair! Plant the bulbs in the spring. The flowers bloom in the summer.
Space the bulbs out when planting. The distance between plants is three times the width of the bulb. Plant the bulb the depth of three times the bulb's height. Plant the bulbs in the sun. Water the bulb immediately after planting. Then the soil should be kept slightly damp. The flower bulbs come in organic packaging. 100% degradable and contributes to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
All our flower bulbs have the A quality mark of the Holland Selection and come with a 100% guarantee that they will grow and bloom. You can be certain that the flower bulbs will grow.

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How we measure

We measure the diameter of the bulb. A bigger bulb contains more food for longer flowering and a stronger plant.

Bulb circumference: 14 cm
Color: Red
Delivery type: Supplied as bulb or tuber
Edible: No
Flowering: June - July
Cutting flowers: No
Grafted: No
Green stayer: No
Growing Height: 30 - 40 cm
Guarantee: 1 year growth and flowering guarantee
Hardy plants: Yes
Latin name: Sprekelia formosissima
Leafs all year: No
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Naturalizing: Yes
Scented: Not Scented
Self polinating: No

Sprekelia formosissima bulbs can be planted as soon as it is spring, in the garden or into large planters. Do beware of late frosts.
When planting bulbs, keep in mind that they should be planted twice as deep as the size of the bulb so, a 5 cm bulb goes in a 10 cm hole. Planting distance for Sprekelia formosissima is roughly 15 cm.
Loosen the soil with a fork, plant with roots down, then fill the hole with soil. Planted in groups of three will give the delicate flowers their best look.
These bulbs prefer a sandy, clay soil, whether in the ground or in pots.

Sprekelia formosissima (Aztec Lily) in an attractive planter.

The Sprekelia formosissima will thrive best in a flower pot in a warm, sheltered spot - ensure good drainage.
Try at least 3 bulbs together in a roomy planter for the most spectacular result - the more the merrier!
Tip for potted Sprekelia formosissima - do not turn the pot while the flower stalks and buds are growing to prevent buds dropping off!


Water your Sprekelia formosissima regularly. The flower stalk will develop as soon as the warmer weather sets in, from about May. Leaves will appear only after the flower, rather like the amaryllis. We recommend feeding the Sprekelia formosissima throughout the summer with liquid fertiliser, as long as it still has leaves on the plant. This will prepare the bulb well for next year's flowering. Stop feeding after July, or when the leaves are withered. Sprekelia will see the winter through as a dry bulb. Watering only sparingly from about August. Sprekelia formosissima doesn't like to be transplanted - only do so if strictly necessary. It will form more Sprekelia bulbs if you leave it in place!

Keeping your Sprekelia formosissima (Aztec Lily) over the winter

These bulbs are easily stored over the winter. Sprekelia formosissima are not hardy but they can withstand quite some cold, as long as drainage is sufficient.
Best plan though, is to store them all frost-free over the winter. Water less and less from the autumn and before winter move the pot with the bulbs to a frost-free area like a shed. Keep the soil very slightly moist and don't let it dry out entirely.
Increase watering in the spring as it warms up and you will see the new flower stems appear. Now it's time to feed regularly and once all signs of frost are past, your Sprekelia formosissima can go outdoors in your garden or on your patio once more.


Sprekelia formosissima originated in Mexico, better known as the ‘Aztec Lily’ it is classified under the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae).


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