Planting Kniphofia


Kniphofia may be a mouthful to pronounce (nee-FOF-ee-a) but it is also a pleasant plant to have around. Colorful, tall kniphofia is often planted in the back row of a mixed flower bed or in front of a hedge to add a pop of color and varied depth. These fragrant flowers also attract hummingbirds which can liven up the eco system of your yard. However, when choosing a spot for your kniphofia make sure that it is a permanent one. Kniphofia takes a year to fully establish itself and once it has done so it will not tolerate being moved.

Step 1

Amend the soil. Spread 2 inches of compost and 1/2-inch of peat moss. Turn it into the soil.

Step 2

Dig a hole in the soil that is twice as wide and just as deep as the container that your kniphofia is currently in.

Step 3

Remove kniphofia from its container. Be careful not to disturb the roots.

Step 4

Place kniphofia in the hole so that the root ball is 1-inch higher than the surrounding soil. You may have to place some soil in the bottom of the hole to accomplish this.

Step 5

Backfill the hole with the soil you excavated.

Step 6

Tamp the soil around the plant with your hands to remove any air pockets.

Step 7

Water the soil thoroughly, but do not wet it so much that puddles form around the plant.

Step 8

Spread a 1-inch layer of mulch around the base of the plant but do not allow the mulch to rest against the base of the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Trowel


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