|30 Seeds |
AAS Winner. Kniphofia Flamenco. The Torch Lily flower will start bright red, turn orange and mature to yellow. Flowers open from bottom to top, changing colors as they age. Hummingbirds love this plant with its tubular florets. Red Hot Poker flower seeds must be grown in full sun. This stately perennial flower is also known as Torch Lily. Kniphofia Torch Lily is native to South Africa, and it provides a dramatic display of multi-colored flower spikes that will reach 2.5 feet in height on top of long, dagger like leaves. Torch Lily seeds need a cold-treatment before sowing. Dampen a paper towel, wring out excess moisture and carefully place the flower seeds on the damp towel. Roll up the towel, place it in a ziploc bag and place in refrigerator for 4 weeks.Kniphofia Caulescens, which is native to the high grassy slopes of South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains. It is a slightly lower growing variety than Kniphofia Uvaria. Red Hot Poker typically adds color, texture and structure to the flower garden with its robust rosettes of bluish colored foliage with strap-like leaves and its tall, statuesque colorful flower spikes. While this plant is widely adaptable across much of the country, it does especially well in gardens at higher altitudes. Plants are heat tolerant and resist deer and rabbits. Tie foliage together in fall where winter temperatures drop below 0° F. Flowers the first year when started early.Spacing 18-24 inches.Zones 5-10.
30 Seeds per package.
How To Grow Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia) from Seed
Red Hot Poker flower seeds need a cold-treatment before sowing. Dampen a paper towel, wring out excess moisture and carefully place the flower seeds on the damp towel. Roll up the towel, place it in a ziploc bag and place in refrigerator for 4 weeks.
After the cold-treatment, sow the Kniphofia seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before planting out, using sterile DEEP Pots as to not disturb the tap root, use potting mix and or peat pots. Barely cover the Red Hot Poker flower seeds with peat moss and keep flower seed moist. Light aids in germination. Temperature should be 70-75° F with an average germination period of 21-30 days.
Transplant the Red Hot Poker seedlings outdoors when they are about 2 inches tall. In order not to hurt the growing tap root, plant the entire peat pot into the garden.
Prepare a seed tray using a good quality seed compost, have the medium wet before planting the seed. Press the flower seeds into the soil but seed should be visible on the surface of the soil.
Or, sow Red Hot Poker seeds directly outside.
If planting outside, add a little bit of compost to ensure good soil drainage. Sow the flower seed in groups of 3 - 4 spaced 18 - 24 inches apart.
Thin to the strongest plant.
Spent blooms need to be deadheaded to keep the plant blooming all summer long. Very few pest or disease problems to worry about.
Bloom Season=Summer through fall.
Soil should be moist and well drained, with a pH 5.8-7.0.
To be sure about pH, test the soil with a pH meter. Apply fertilizer and lime using the results of the soil test as a guide.
Soil pH is a measurement of the number of Hydrogen ions present in the soil solution along with as the acidity of the soil. When the soil pH is too acidic the nutrients that are present in the soil become locked-up or unavailable (low pH) or alkaline (high pH).
Correcting the pH has the same effect as applying fertilizer as it unlocks plant nutrients already present.
In the garden some garden plants thrive in acidic soils while others prefer an alkaline soil.
The acidity or alkalinity of soil is a measurement by pH (potential Hydrogen ions). pH is a way to measure the amount of lime (calcium) contained in your soil, and the type of soil that you have.
To Measure Soil pH.
It is recommended that you use a relatively inexpensive, and follow the manufacturers instructions when testing the pH Level of your Gardens soil.
To raise or lower the pH level in the soil either Limestone or Sulfur is utilized.
Other materials will accomplish the same results; however the two that are listed are the most commonly used.
Limestone is added to the soil to raise the pH level because limestone is essentially calcium and calcium reacts with water in the soil to yield hydroxyl ions .. a process known as, hydrolysis = thus the pH level in the soil is raised.
Sulfur reacts with bacteria in the soil and produces sulfuric acid, which releases hydrogen ions thus causing the soil to become more acidic =the pH level is lowered.
Application Of Lime (To Raise Soil pH)
To increase your pH by 1.0 point and make your soil more alkaline.
Add 4 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in sandy soils
Add 8 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in loamy soils
Add 12 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in clay soils
Add 25 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in peaty soils
The addition of ash, bone meal, or crushed oyster shells will also help to raise soil pH levels.
Application of Sulfur (To Lower Soil pH)
If your soil needs to be more acidic, sulfur will lower the pH if it is available.
To reduce the soil pH by 1.0 point
Mix in 1.2 oz of ground rock sulfur per square yard if the soil is sandy
Mix in 3.6 oz per square yard for all other soils.
Composted leaves, wood chips, sawdust, leaf mold and peat moss, will also help to lower the soil pH.
PPM=Parts Per Million
This unit of measure is relatively unique to the greenhouse industry and often there is some confusion on how ppm is calculated.
I. To calculate the ppm contained in 1 ounce of material first solve for B:
A x 75 = B
A = the % active ingredient (AI) in the fertilizer
B = ppm contained in 1 ounce of the material in 100 gallons of water
Example: Calcium nitrate contains 15% N (0.15 x 75 = 11.25). If 1 ounce of calcium nitrate is dissolved in 100 gallons of water the solution will contain a II. To calculate the number of ounces of material required to make up a desired ppm concentration solve for C:
C = Desired ppm conc. / B
B = ppm contained in 1 ounce of the material in 100 gallons of water (from above).
C = number of ounces of material to add to 100 gallons of water to achieve the desired concentration.
Example: To make up a 250 ppm solution of calcium nitrate first multiply the AI x 75 (.15 x 75 = 11.25). Next divide the desired concentration by 11.25 (250/11.25 = 22). To make up a 250 ppm solution of calcium nitrate you would add 22 ounces to 100 gallons of water.
aproximately 11.25 ppm N.