Amorphophallus bulbifer are a group of tuberous rooted plants that have huge leaves. They are also known as Snake’s Palm or Devil’s Tongue. This variety has a large pink spathe which does have a pungent smell for the first few days when the flower opens! so do not plant next to the front door. They are however a real talking point in any garden. Ideal for the summer border amorphophallus bulbifer will make quite a focal point. May need protecting over winter, which can be achieved with a thick layer of mulch.
Plant Indoors: Best planted outside as they are a very hardy group so can be planted direct into soils outside.
Plant outside: From Late February on wards, when the soils are starting to warm up and are not waterlogged. Prepare soils by digging in some well rotted humus matter and some grit if soils are heavy. Spread out the roots below the soil surface and plant the rhizomes so that the tip of the stem shows above the soil surface.
Protect early growth from slugs and snails and remove dead heads during the flowering season to get the best from them. Regularly feed during the growing season with foods such as are well rotted manures, Tomato feed and bone meal will provide food for continued flowering.
Can be planted in containers, use a good quality potting compost with drainage in the bottom of the pots.
It may take a year before the Agapanthus establish enough to produce flowers.
Plant as soon as possible after delivery and fan out the roots so that just the tip of the stem is showing above the soil.
Our tip: Can be used for Cut Flower and companion planting with lilies.
Flowering height: 18-20″ (45-50cms)
Flowering period: July-August
Soil type: Soils that are well drained and humus rich are ideal.
Aspect: In a sunny part of the garden that does not get too cold.
Planting distance: 15-20cm between plants
Planting depth: 10cms from top of bulb.
Full growing instructions also provided
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