How to Plant Tigridia

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How to Plant Tigridia
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Tigridia pavonia, also known as the Mexican shell flower, grows from a bulb. Tigridias grow well in pots, which makes it easy to move them indoors before the ground freezes. They have large, extravagant blooms that only survive for a day, but they bloom continuously over four to five weeks in mid-summer. They can grow in most climates in the United States, but in areas where the winter temperature drops below freezing, they will need to be brought inside.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Compost
  • Soil
  • Pots
  • Fertiliser

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  1. 1

    Choose a bed that receives part to full sun. A south or west facing bed works best.

  2. 2

    Sow tigridia bulbs 2 inches deep and 6 inches apart after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in a garden bed or pot that has had 2 to 3 inches of compost worked into it.

  3. 3

    Add a slow-release fertiliser before you plant the bulbs. Use a fertiliser that is formulated for bulbs. Apply the fertiliser every spring.

  4. 4

    Water thoroughly at planting. Keep the soil moist throughout the summer, only watering as necessary.

  5. 5

    Bring the pots in before the first frost or dig up the bulbs once the leaves have died back. The bulbs can be stored at room temperature.

Tips and warnings

  • Tigridia can be planted on slopes where erosion is a problem.
  • Tigridia is virus prone, remove affected plants immediately and keep the garden aphid-free.

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