You're going to enjoy this summer!
|Latin name:||Homeria+ Dichelostemma Homeria sp. + Dichelostemma 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:||50 - 60 cm|
|Planting distance:||10 - 15 cm|
|Planting depth:||5 - 8 cm|
|Bulb circumference:||5 cm|
Plant the Homeria and Dichelostemma bulbs and tubers as soon as possible upon receipt - either in the garden, or a flower pot or window box. Store frost-free until planting, wherever you plant them. Homeria and Dichelostemma will thrive in planters too. Do layer the bottom with grit or hydro-pellets and use only fresh potting compost.
Planting Homeria and Dichelostemma in the garden
Homeria and Dichelostemma are both very striking summer flowering plants for beds and borders. The more you plant, the better the effect. Plant in groups of at least 10 bulbs, or divide 20-50 evenly over your bed or border.
Homeria and Dichelostemma corms and bulbs can stay where you plant them for years on end. Deadhead regularly to help give the bulbs more energy after flowering. Bakker advises feeding the bulbs after flowering with Bakker's fertiliser for bulbs. This will ensure good flowering the following year. Only cut back the leaves of your homerias and dichelostemas when they have turned yellow.
Keeping Homeria and Dichelostemma over the winter
Cover bulbs and tubers that are planted in the garden, with a good thick layer of straw or leaf litter in the winter. Remove all this (can also be spread around) in the spring when all chance of frost is past. With the proper care, both homeria and dichelostemma will flower again next spring.
Potted bulbs and tubers are not normally frost resistant. Line the pot with bubble wrap before planting (don't forget to leave a hole in the bottom). This will give them an extra bit of insulation for the winter. It is better to store the potted bulbs in a sheltered spot over the winter.
Dichelostemma flowers appear in early summer. The flowers are borne in nice upward facing clusters on a sturdy stem. Dichelostemma flowers look lovely in a vase! This is a cute bulbous plant that originally grew on the prairies of Western USA. They used to be a delicacy among American 'Indians'! Dichelostemma is classified under Asparagaceae.
Homeria is a cute little corm that originated on the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Homeria varieties have recently been renamed as Moraea but Homeria is the better known name. Homeria/Moraea is classified under Iridaceae.