Ixia Exotic Flower Bulbs

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Ixia is a beautiful South African flower. Learn how to plant ixia flower bulbs with expert gardening tips in this free exotic flower video. View Video Transcript

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen of vanveenbulbs.com. In this series we're going to learn all about South African flower bulbs. My favorite bulbs in the whole entire universe these are lots of variety and they do really well in gardens all over the world. The first South African bulb we're going to talk about is Ixia, it's a beautiful plant from South Africa that is in the iris family so it grows a lot like an Iris. It likes sun or part shade and it blooms in the summer time. It's a beautiful plant it looks a lot like a coral bell it doesn't like the shape like coral bells do but it has one long stem with many blooms on it that look like little bells. So the blooms themselves last a long time I get over a month on them and I just love them. Ixia bulbs are really tiny they are like a little Iris and so just like a little Hershey's kiss candy, so you plant them about 3" deep in sun or part shade. The trick is that they like to be crowded so put like 3 or 5, 6, 12 in one group and they will be a lot happier than one by itself. Cause they are social like people are and they love to be in groups. Most years Ixia will winter over in the northwest but if we have a really hard winter or an ice storm sometime you'll lose them. So either put them around in a sunny spot or in a raise bed and risk it or you can just put them in a pot or dig them up for the winter, put them in the garage and put them back out in the spring. Either way they are a good tradition to your garden, a great South African plant.