Ixia Venus named for the Roman Goddess of Love and has dark wine red flowers which, as the flowers open, show a darker centre.
They are best grown in the warmer, drier areas of the garden or also do very well in containers. Ixia are often called ‘The African Corn Lily’ and is native to South Africa. They are quite exotic looking flowers but are not difficult to grow.
Cultivate soils to a depth of 10-15cms and add plenty of sand and grit to ensure free drainage.
Plant corms 8cms deep and 5-8cms apart.
On first planting water the soil well but during growing do not over water as they are used to being in hot dry areas.
Aspect: Full sun to light shade. The warmer parts of the garden
Soil type: Free draining sandy soils.
After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don’t cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future. Water as needed during active growth periods; about 1″ of moisture per week is a good estimate. Later in the season, when the foliage turns yellow and dies back this indicates that the plant is slipping into dormancy. Foliage many be removed at this point. These bulbs like dry conditions when they are dormant. Water your bulbs just once during the autumn with a water-soluble fertiliser to nourish the bulbs as they develop new roots and top growth. Your bulbs will survive without fertiliser, but providing extra nutrients encourages more ixia flowers, larger blossoms and longer life for these plants.
New season top quality bulbs supplied from September onwards