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    Explore the Acidanthera collection - Spring Flowering bulbs

    Acidanthera, also known peacock orchid, is a stunning late-summer blooming plant that produces tall, slender stems adorned with striking, star-shaped flowers and sword-like foliage. They typically grow to a height of 24 to 36 inches, making them a versatile choice for borders, beds, and containers. This elegant plant thrives in well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade, filling the air with its captivating, sweet scent. 

    These enchanting flowers are a perfect addition to any garden, as they create beautiful focal points and attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, promoting a healthy ecosystem. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Acidanthera bulbs should be planted in the spring season, ideally, after the risk of frost has passed. This timing allows the bulbs to establish their root systems and produce vibrant blooms by late summer.

    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.

    When planting Acidanthera bulbs, it is crucial to plant them at the correct depth to ensure healthy growth and abundant flowering. Plant the bulbs approximately 2-3 inches deep, with the pointed end facing upward. This depth provides the bulbs with enough soil coverage to anchor them properly and protect them from temperature fluctuations.

    Space the bulbs about 6 inches apart to allow adequate room for growth and prevent overcrowding, which can lead to poor flowering and increased susceptibility to diseases. By providing the proper planting depth and spacing, you can ensure that your Acidanthera bulbs will thrive in your garden.

    Acidanthera bulbs prefer well-drained, moderately fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. Good drainage is essential to prevent the bulbs from rotting, while a balanced pH level helps ensure optimal nutrient availability. If your soil is heavy clay or overly sandy, consider amending it with organic matter such as compost, well-rotted manure, or leaf mold to improve its structure, fertility, and drainage capacity.

    Conducting a soil test before planting can provide valuable information about your soil's pH and nutrient levels, allowing you to make any necessary adjustments to create the best-growing conditions for your Acidanthera bulbs.

    To ensure healthy growth and beautiful blooms, follow these care tips for your Acidanthera bulbs:

    • Water consistently: keep the soil evenly moist, especially during the growing season, but avoid overwatering to prevent rot.
    • Fertilize: apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer during the growing season, following the package instructions to promote vigorous growth and flowering.
    • Mulch: a layer of mulch will help retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.
    • 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.

    Acidanthera bulbs thrive in well-draining soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. They prefer full sun to partial shade, requiring at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. These bulbs are moderately drought-tolerant, but consistent watering during the growing season promotes healthier blooms.

    Applying a balanced slow-release fertilizer at planting and during active growth will ensure optimal plant nutrition. Keep in mind that Acidanthera bulbs are not frost-hardy and should be lifted and stored in colder climates during winter.

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