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If you’re looking for some spring color, then look no further than Ixia (Ixia paniculata). These are attractive grassy spring flowering bulbs that produce small clusters of bell shaped flowers that sit on stems high above the grassy leaves. Available in a variety of colours from yellow, gold, pink, orange and port wine.


How to grow ixia in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained spot in the garden that attracts full sun to part shade.
  2. Enrich the soil with some compost and Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser before planting.
  3. Place bulbs directly where the plant is to grow at a depth of 7 cm and 10 cm apart.
  4. Cover with soil and lightly water in.
  5. Avoid watering the bulbs until the first shoots appear. Once the shoots appear, water sparingly to keep the soil lightly moist.
  6. When flower buds appear feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.
  7. After the flowering has finished cease watering and allow the foliage to die off, lift the bulbs from the soil and store them in a cool dry place ready for the next season. Alternatively, bulbs can remain in the soil for the next flowering season.

     
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How to grow ixia in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that has adequate drainage holes and place it in a position that gets full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the pot with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Place bulbs directly into the pot at a depth of 7 cm and 10 cm apart.
  4. Cover with soil and lightly water in.
  5. Avoid watering the bulbs until the first shoots appear. Once the shoots appear, water sparingly to keep the soil lightly moist.
  6. When flower buds appear, feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.
  7. After the flowering has finished, cease watering and allow the foliage to die off. Lift the bulbs from the soil and store them in a cool, dry place ready for the next season.

Growing tips

  • Ensure that the soil is well fertilised prior to planting.
  • Allow the plants to die right back before removing the bulbs. This will give you stronger growth for the next season.

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