Ixia scillaris / African Corn Lily / Seeds

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Ixia scillaris / African Corn Lily / Seeds

A spring flowering Ixia with tall spikes of rose-pink flowers from April into June/July.  Plants grow sword-shaped leaves during the autumn/winter, with flower spikes growing 30-60cm in height.  Flowers of plants grown from seed come out in various shades of pink, sometimes white.

Ixia likes full sun and a well drained soil.  It grows during the autumn/winter, flower in spring and then become dormant in the summer, when it needs to dry out.  Plants need protection against hard frosts during the winter, and are good pot plantsf or keeping in the greenhouse when frosty.

Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow in spring to autumn.  Flowering should start in the second year, although some will flower in the first spring from early autumn sowings.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

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Hardiness Hardy to half hardy summer deciduous perennial (forms corms)
Flowers April to June/July
Height 30 - 60cm
Spread 10 - 20cm
Conditions  Sun and well drained, preferably sandy, soil - protect from hard frosts

Sow spring to autumn. Sow in a deep (eg 10cm) seed tray or pots of well drained seed compost. Cover seeds lightly with compost. Seeds germinate in 3-4 weeks (sometimes longer) at 15 - 20°C.  Keep seedlings in their pots until the second season and then plant out or repot.  Plants typically start flowering in the second season.

Grow Plants grow in the winter and spring, flower in late spring to early summer and the leaves die down after flowering, when the corms should be allowed to dry out.  Corms can be removed in summer and replanted about 10cm deep in the autumn, either directly in the soil in warmer climates or in pots (and protected from frosts) in colder areas.   Plants spread naturally in good conditions.  The corms of mature plants produce offsets –the offsets can be removed in summer after flowering and grown on into new plants.