How to Raise Sparaxis Flowers

Overview

Some gardeners know this blooming plant by the name sparaxis and others call it harlequin flower or wand flower. Sparaxis grows to heights between 1 and 1 1/2 feet and colors include pink, red, yellow, white and purple. Gardeners living in warm regions can grow sparaxis as perennial flowers and gardeners living in colder regions must grow these plants as annuals. Provide a sunny growing location with well-draining soil for a beautiful display of these distinctive flowers.

Step 1

Prepare the growing area by working the soil with the garden spade down to a depth of 5-6 inches. Add 2-3 inches of compost to the top of the soil and work this in to the soil well with the garden spade. Rake the soil surface smooth to finish preparing the growing area.

Step 2

Dig holes with the trowel. Make the holes 2 inches deep and space the holes 4 inches apart. Place each sparaxis bulb into a prepared hole with the pointed end facing up and the tiny roots facing down into the soil. Cover the bulbs with 2 inches of soil and pat the soil down firmly.

Step 3

Water the planting area generously immediately after planting. Do not allow the planting area to dry out. If sufficient rain does not fall and the growing area becomes dry, water the sparaxis plants to moisten the soil completely.

Step 4

Fertilize the sparaxis plants once per month by mixing the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations. Pour the fertilizer into the soil around the base of the plants carefully.

Step 5

Leave the foliage intact after the blooms fade to nourish the bulbs. Cut the stems and foliage off at the soil level when they turn yellow and wilt.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow the fertilizer to splash onto the foliage.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Garden spade
  • Rake
  • Trowel
  • Sparaxis bulbs
  • All-purpose fertilizer (water-soluble)
  • Stakes (optional)
  • Twine

References

  • Easy To Grow Bulbs: Sparaxis
Keywords: sparaxis, harlequin flower, wand flower

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