🗓 When to plant Acidanthera bulbs:
The ideal time to plant Acidanthera bulbs is in late spring when the soil temperature is consistently above 60°F (15°C). This will give your bulbs plenty of time to establish themselves before the summer blooms begin.
If you live in an area with a warmer climate, such as USDA hardiness zones 7-10, you’ll be able to plant your spring bulbs right away when you receive them.
If you live in an area with a colder climate, USDA hardiness zone 6 and below, then you should wait until the frost has passed.
🏺 Storing the Acidanthera bulbs:
In the meantime, you can store the bulbs in a cool, dark, and dry place, such as a garage or basement. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or damp conditions, as this could cause them to rot or sprout prematurely.
🌿 Preparing the garden:
Choose a well-drained location in your garden that receives at least 4 hours of sunlight each day and also some shade. Acidanthera bulbs thrive in well-draining soil, so make sure your chosen spot doesn't retain too much water. Loosen the soil to a depth of 12 inches (30 cm) and mix in some organic matter, like compost or aged manure, to improve soil fertility.
🌱 Planting the bulbs:
Here is how you should plant Acidanthera bulbs:
- Plant the bulbs approximately 4 inches (10 cm) deep, with the pointed end facing up.
- Space them about 4 inches (10 cm) apart to ensure good air circulation and to give them room to grow.
- Cover the bulbs with soil and gently firm the surface.
💦 Watering & caring tips:
Water the bulbs immediately after planting to help settle the soil around them. Continue to water regularly throughout the growing season, ensuring the soil remains evenly moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize your Acidanthera bulbs with a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season to promote strong growth and beautiful blooms.
A good thumb rule is to water the plant deeply when the top 2 inches of soil are dry (just feel this with your finger).
🌸 How to keep your Acidanthera blooming?
- Monitor your plants for pests and diseases, and treat them accordingly.
- Fertilize: apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer during the growing season, following the package instructions to promote vigorous growth and flowering.
- Stake: tall Acidanthera plants may require support to prevent them from toppling over, especially in windy conditions. Use garden stakes or a plant cage as needed.
- After the first frost in fall, dig up the bulbs, clean them gently, and store them in a cool, dark, and dry place until the next planting season. If you live in an area with a warmer climate, such as USDA hardiness zones 7-10, you can leave them in the ground.