Fritillaria imperialis Rubra is our most popular crown imperial and with its deep brick red flowers you can see why.
Often referred to as a ‘crown imperials’ this group of fritillarias are quite statuesque and make a lovely impact in any garden. While beautiful and interesting, crown imperial flowers have an added dimension as they have a strong, musky scent about them.
Before planting cultivate the soil to a depth of 30cm and ensure soils are well drained and do not dry out in the summer. Plant in well-drained, humus rich solid and they can be left undisturbed for a number of years. Add some grit or organic matter to the soil to help aid drainage.
Sunny areas of the garden ideally not in direct sunlight. Once Fritillaria imperialis Rubra have finished flowering allow the stems to die back and remove debris. In general plant the bulbs three times their height deep.
Feed regularly during the growing season with high potash and phosphate foods such as bone meal or tomato food.
Flowering Height: 2-3 feet (60-90cm)
Flowering Period: April
Aspect: Sunny to semi shade aspect.
Soil type: Free draining light, humus rich soils with added organic matter if possible.
Planting Depth: Approximately 8-12 inches below soil surface.
Planting distance: 8-12″ apart (20-30cm)
New season top quality bulbs dispatched from September on-wards