Ixia viridiflora

Rogan Roth Roth@ukzn.ac.za
Wed, 27 Feb 2008 22:41:06 PST
>>>A member of another list from Australia accidentally left his dormant pots 
of this species when young in a greenhouse where they got watered all 
summer when they were dormant and they thrived which made me start giving 
mine occasional summer water even though generally the thought is that 
winter rainfall Ixias should be kept dry when dormant.<<<
Mary Sue,
It's very interesting that you should write this, as the longest-lived bunch of I. viridiflora I know about (outside of their natural range) was growing in a well-drained spot beside the stone verandah of a house in the southern Drakensberg. Here it received copious summer rainfall and dry freezing conditions during the winter (of course South Africa's 'freezing conditions' are nothing like those in the UK / USA!) and thrived there for many years, flowering prolifically.
Judging by this experience, some summer rainfall may be beneficial to this species. Incidentally, I do not grow this plant successfully where I live - to hot and humid, so I'm not really the one to offer advice!
(Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

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