Watsonia borbonica / Cape Bugle Lily / Seeds

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Watsonia borbonica / Cape Bugle Lily / Seeds

A dramatic summer display of pink flowers, very similar to Gladiolus, a close relative of Watsonia.  The plant has glossy sword-shaped leaves 50-70cm tall, with flower spikes up to 2m.  Each flower spike has up to 20 showy and lightly fragranced pink flowers (sometimes white).  Flowers from June/July in the UK.


Prefers a sunny spot with composted well-drained soil. Cape Bugle Lilies can withstand a mild winter frost.


Pack of 10 seeds.  
Sow in spring to autumn.  Flowering from second or third year.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


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Hardiness Hardy to half-hardy perennial (forms corms)
Flowers June to July
Height 50 - 70cm, flower spikes up to 2m
Spread 60 - 90cm
Conditions  Sun and composted well-drained soil
Sow

Sow in spring or autumn 3-4mm deep in deep (at least 10cm) small pots of compost.  Cover with sand and keep at 15-20 degrees Celcius and germination takes 3-4 weeks.  Transplant seedlings into pots and overwinter in a greenhouse.  Plant out in the second season, when flowers will start to appear.

Grow

This is a half hardy plant which can tolerate a mild winter frost.  Leaves die down after flowering and corms start sprouting again in autumn.  Divide the corms (remove offsets) every 3-5 years.


See Growing Advice for more information on growing Watsonias.