Red hot poker plants are truly aptly named with their orange, red and yellow flower spikes that look like blazing torches. These South African natives are popular ornamental perennials which crave sun and while being deer resistant. Red hot poker plants are easy to grow in well-draining soil.
Red Hot Poker Information
The striking red hot poker plant (thrives in ) is in the Liliaceae family and is also known as poker plant and torch lily. This plant USDA zones 5 through 9 and is an upright evergreen perennial with a clumping habit. Over 70 known species exist of this South African native plant.
Torch lilies grow to be up to 5 feet tall and attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds to the garden with their bright flowers and sweet nectar. Attractive sword-shaped leaves surround the base of a tall stem upon which red, yellow or orange tubular flowers droop down like a torch.
Torch lily seeds will require full sun, well-draining soil and plenty of organic matter.
Sow seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before planting out. Use a good potting mixture in pots which are several inches deep to preserve the taproot. Sow 3 seeds in each container and lightly dust with soil.
Keep the containers where temperatures are 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (21-23 C.) and evenly moist. Expect germination in 21 to 28 days.
In warm regions, you can also direct sow the seeds in prepared garden beds. When plants are small clumps several inches wide, transplant them to the flower bed after hardening them off.
Care for Seeds
With a little luck and good care, red hot poker seed propagation should be successful and you will have some mini-me torch lilies in pots. It isn’t a good idea to continue to grow the plants in containers since they have a fairly long taproot.
Moving them to a garden space with fun sun and porous soil is the best way to grow red hot pokers. Expose indoor grown plants gradually to outside conditions over the course of a week to help them adjust and avoid shock. Set the plants into the soil at the same level at which they were growing in the containers. If you get them in the ground early enough, you should expect a bloom the first year.
Remove spent flower spikes as they occur and cut the foliage back in late winter to early spring to allow new leaves room to grow. Provide mulch over the root zone in northern climates to protect the plant from cold.
Divide you pokers every few years to promote blooming and dense clumps. These are very easy plants to grow and you can save seeds or even baby clumps to trade with your garden friends.
All seeds will come in a resalable plastic zip lock bag wrapped in a protectant so the seeds are not damaged by shipping machines. All seed packets contain no fillers or other weeds or seeds mixed in. Most have been harvested by hand & all test at a high germination rate.
All seed counts should be considered estimates as the seeds is packaged by hand, there is 2-3 more or less in a bag. We do our best to ensure accuracy and will often add extra seeds. However, all estimates are final.
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All seeds have been test sown to ensure germination. Please familiarize yourself with growing conditions and instructions for your seeds before you plant them, as all seeds are different. Basic growing instructions can be found under each listing.
We Cannot Guarantee how much you will be able to grow, as too many variables come into play, soil condition, your ability to garden, weather etc. I guarantee that they arrive as described and are in good viable condition and the germination rates are accurate.
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