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Kniphofia - Torch Lily or Red hot poker
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A herbaceous perennial, that is commonly divided into three groups according to their flowering periods.
Group 1; Flowers in June/July, and are 800-1000mm high, planting distance 600mm. They have narrow reed like leaves which dull as the season progresses.
Group 2; Flowers in July-September, and are 1500mm high, planting distance 600mm. They have narrow grey/blue waxy leaves.
Group 3; Flowers in September/October, and are 600-700mm high, planting distance 600mm, and have grass like leaves.
Kniphofias are adaptable, but grow best in full sunlight in almost any garden soil, provided it is well drained.
Plant out in September/October, in soil that is not too richly manured.
Ensure that the planting hole is large enough and deep enough to accommodate the root system.
Do not let the plant dry out whilst establishing itself.
In early summer, fork in a top dressing of bonemeal and apply a peat mulch to conserve moisture.
Kniphofias do not require staking, remove faded flower spikes down to ground level to encourage further flowering.
In November/December tie up leaves to form a cocoon and protect the crowns from inclement weather.
Divide and replant in April.
Seed should be sown outdoors in drills 12mm deep in April/May depending upon ground conditions.
Grow the seedlings on in a nursery bed and transplant them to their flowering positions the following spring.