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Gardeners and outdoor decorators tend to be an adventurous lot, always on the lookout for something new. African blood lilies are unlikely to show up at a local garden center so if you're inclined towards botanical exploration, you're in luck. Here they are!
If you live in a part of the country where the ground doesn’t freeze (Z 8-11), these bulbs can be planted outdoors. Choose a site where the soil is lightly moist but drains well as these plants don't appreciate soggy settings. Adding some grit to the soil to ensure good drainage Plant in a full sun to partial shade setting.
Plant your bulbs upon receipt. If you need to store the bulbs for a few weeks until you can get to them, a warm, dry, dark place is ideal. Please, never store them inside the refrigerator, as the gases given off by ripening fruits and vegetables can damage the sprouts inside the bulbs.
Loosen the soil to a depth of 6" and 4 to 5" apart. Consider adding some compost to provide nutrients and to help with moisture management. (Compost aides drainage and holds a bit of moisture to help keep roots hydrated.)
Place the bulbs so that their necks protrude slightly above the soil surface. Refill the planting holes and water well to settle the soil around the bulbs.
Water sparingly until foliage appears. Monitor moisture (rain, irrigation or manual watering) as needed to keep the soil very lightly moist. Before the bulbs have developed leaves, little moisture is needed. Less is better in this case.
Continue to monitor moisture (rain, irrigation or manual watering) as needed to keep the soil lightly moist. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer once or twice during the season.
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Average well-drained soil; enrich with compost
Depth: Plant so bulb necks are slightly above soil line
Water: Light until top growth emerges appears, then average
Uses: Spectacular blooms
Tip: Can be grown in gardens or containers
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