Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer
Hardiness – Half hardy
Dichelostemma are cormous perennial plants that are native to North America. They produce majestic, stately stems and grass-like foliage that are adorned by clusters of narrow bell-shaped blooms that closely resemble spikey balls of soft, subtle colour for your summer garden. They are best suited to wall-side borders or as patio and container plants. You should expect to see your plants grow to an approximate height of 90cm (36”) and a spread of 10cm (4”).
Dichelostemma are best planted in well-drained soil of sand, loam and chalk within an alkaline and neutral PH balance during autumn. Dig a hole that is 5-8cm (2-3”) deep and place the corms with the pointy side up. Space companion plants approximately 8cm (3”) apart. Water thoroughly and deeply at the time of planting so that the corms settle in place. It is recommended that you apply a layer of mulch to your corms to insulate the bed to create protection from cooler temperatures. Ensure that your plants are placed in a position of full sun as this is where they will thrive to optimum effect.
Dichelostemma are easy to grow, requiring very little maintenance once they are established. During active growth, you will need to water your plants regularly, taking care not to overwater. Once the flowering period is over, it is essential to keep your plants warm and dry. Do not remove any foliage until they have turned brown as they store energy in their foliage. Dichelostemma will then enjoy a dormant season, taking a well-earned rest until the following year.
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