Planting Kniphofia Bulbs

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Watch as a flower expert and professional gardener demonstrates how to plant and care for fall-blooming Kniphofia bulbs -- also known as "Red Hot Pokers" -- in this free online video about home gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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YOLANDA VANVEEN: Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. In this series, we're learning all about fall-blooming flower bulbs. And if you have Naked Ladies, you have to have Red Hot Pokers; they go so well together. They're also known as Kniphofia or Kniphofia, and there's lot of ways you can pronounce it. But any way that you do pronounce it, they're a beautiful plant that blooms summer through fall. And Kniphofia or Red Hot Pokers are just a beautiful plant and it's just a root. And they're considered a bulb because they go dormant in the winter; if it freezes hard, they'll die back. If we have mild winters, they don't even die back. The hummingbirds love them, that's probably the best part about it. And when you plant 'em, they're just a set of roots. So a lot of people will say to spread out the roots, but from my experience, the opposite. If you bind them up and plant 'em really tight, with quite a few different starts together and make a big clump to start, you'll get lots of blooms right away. Because when you put one in a corner by itself, it gets lonely. So if you plant them in groups, they'll multiply quicker and then you'll have a bigger plant and they'll give you lots more blooms. They're very hardy and very easy to grow, and give you great fall color. In our next segment, we'll talk about an unusual plant from China called Incarvillea, or Flowering Fern.