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Some gardeners like to plant bulbs and others just like to have the bulbs in the ground, planted. If you fall into the second group, you'll like sparaxis. These bulbs need just two inches of soil over them and can often be planted by just poking them in with your finger. Perhaps not what you'll choose to do right after getting a fresh manicure, but quick and easy with unpolished nails. In a few minutes, you're done! And a colorful spring bloom awaits you.

Outdoor Beds
  1. Find a location where the soil drains well. If there are still water puddles 5-6 hours after a hard rain, scout out another site. Or amend the soil with the addition of organic material to raise the level 2-3 inches to improve the drainage. Peat moss, compost, ground bark or decomposed manure all work well and are widely available.
  2. Site your sparaxis where they will receive full sun.
  3. Dig little holes and plant the bulbs (corms) 2” deep and 4” apart. Just poke them down in the soil, with the pointy end up and roots down. Or if the soil is soft, just push them in with your thumb - they'll be fine.
  4. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the bulbs. Roots and sprouts will form in the autumn. Winter will bring taller growth and flowers will develop in the spring.
  5. When in bloom, feel free to cut sparaxis flowers for bouquets. Make a point of looking at the flowers up close. The colors and individuality of patterns are wonderful.
  6. After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don't cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future. Water as needed during active growth periods; about 1" of moisture per week is a good estimate.
  7. Late in the summer the leaves will yellow and die back as the plant slips into dormancy. Foliage many be removed at this point. Your sparaxis will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle.
Pots, Barrels, Tubs & Urns
  1. Fill your containers with good quality, well-drained soil. Almost any commercially available potting medium will work fine. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes.
  2. Site your sparaxis where they will receive full sun.
  3. Dig little holes and plant the bulbs (corms) 2” deep and 3-4” apart. Just poke them down in the soil, with the pointy end up and roots down. Or if the soil is soft, just push them in with your thumb - they'll be fine.
  4. After planting, water well to settle the soil around the bulbs. Roots and sprouts will form in the autumn. Winter will bring taller growth and flowers will develop in the spring.
  5. When in bloom, feel free to cut sparaxis flowers for bouquets. Make a point of looking at the flowers up close. The colors and individuality of patterns are wonderful.
  6. After blooming has finished for the season leave the foliage in place; don't cut it off. The leaves will gather sunlight, create food through photosynthesis and strengthen the bulb for the future. Water as needed during active growth periods; about 1" of moisture per week is a good estimate.
  7. Late in the summer the leaves will yellow and die back as the plant slips into dormancy. Foliage many be removed at this point. Your sparaxis will rest for a few months before beginning the next growing cycle.




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