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Dierama pendulum - Fairy Bell

Dierama pendulum - Fairy Bell

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Packet of 5 seeds.

A member of the iris family, this is a beautiful species coming from South Africa. Known by several common names including hair bell and wedding bell. The flowers are pink and bell shaped, borne on stems to 2 metres tall, although these tend to arch under the weight of the flowers.

Easily cultivated, it flowers in the summer and requires a dry dormant period from late autumn through to the following spring. Unlike gladiolus which can be lifted, Dierama corms never truly go dormant and they will quickly dry out and die if lifted and stored without soil. Better then to grow them in pots, sunk into the garden and then to lift the whole pot and store it in a dryish location for the winter months

This species is ideal for an alpine bed, where protection from winter rains can be provided. Otherwise it can be grown in an alpine house where overhead protection is inherent in the structure enabling the plant to thrive. It may also be grown in an open potting mixture in pots and containers . Not overly hardy, it is not likely to respond well to soil temperatures below - 5 Deg C. Quick and easy from seed, this may flower in the third year.

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