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Zippy plants for the summer

ippy plants for the summer Summer-flowering bulbous plants, such as this chincherinchee (Ornithogalum thyrsoides), are used far too little in the garden, while, in fact, they are perfect for combining with perennials and creepers. They bloom till late in the summer and need little or no extra attention during and after flowering

Your summer vacation

Your summer vacation It's time for your summer vacation. Move outdoor containers and hanging baskets to a single location near a water source and ask a neighbour to stop by twice a week to water them. Choose a spot where they won't dry out too quickly: in shade or dappled light, out of the wind, and grouped close together. Most summer plants, including sun-loving bulbs such as lilies and cannas, will handle shade just fine for a while. Since you'll be gone, why not pinch back any plants with a propensity to get "leggy" such as dahlias, impatiens and coleus. Nipping top growth and buds encourages lower growth resulting in stronger, bushier plants. It's a holiday -- let everyone rejuvenate!

X-mas

X-mas Veltheimia is used as a pot plant which blooms during winter. It produces one flower stalk per bulb, its flower lasts more than three weeks. Treatment is similar to that of an indoor potted amaryllis. After planting in autumn only a little water is needed until the shoots appear. When the plant starts growing you can water regularly. After the leaves have turned yellow (after blooming) you can stop watering until the next autumn (September).

Wonderful ornithogalum

Wonderful ornithogalum One of the common names of this flower is chincherinchees. This is an African word that means sound. It probably refers to the noise-making properties of ornithogalum seed pods when dried. They are long-lasting in the garden and in the vase.

Very tiny

Very tiny Rhodohypoxis looks like an alpine plant. It grows very well in rock gardens or in little pots. It blooms for months.

Unique flowers

Unique flowers Roscoea has orchid-like flowers. The plants are quite tidy in growth and have the appearance of a miniature fountain, the flowers being the cascade.

Tigridia

Tigridia 'El Cacomite' named by the natives because of the mealy quality of the bulbs. The foliage of tigridia is similar to gladiolus, it produces several flowers per stalk, each separate flower blooms for just one day. The common name comes from the spots on the flowers which look like the spots from a tiger.

Site selection

Site selection The key to successful planning for almost all summer-flowering bulbs is site selection. The two major factors that must be considered are: - the soil at the site must be well drained - check for proper light conditions

Ranunculus

Ranunculus Each stem of Ranunculus bears several blooms. The foliage dies down in the summer. It is advisable to soak the corms (claws) for an hour before you plant them, or water well when planting.

Quality

Quality In order to guarantee and increase sales, a high quality product is required. For this reason, the plants, as well as the bulbs which are ready for delivery, are tested using a set standard of quality. These standards are based on regulations from the Agricultural Quality Act. The approval and classification is done by the Flower Bulb Inspection Service (BKD).

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