Difficulties with Dierama

TheAfricanGarden@aol.com TheAfricanGarden@aol.com
Wed, 17 Jul 2002 08:58:01 PDT
Hi Chad, 
Dierama just hate being moved, and are best planted where they can be left undisturbed and I'm sure this has happened to most of us at some time. 

As has already been said, they love water, and if your climate is very dry then irrigation and mulching is very important. 

Earlier this year (March) I divided a large Dierama for transporting to Barbados, the foliage was cut right back and the bulbs were cleaned quite hard with a toothbrush. I took the bulbs over there and potted them into a soil based compost and kept them in shade and well watered, knowing that the chance of survival was probably 50/50. I was amazed when within days, shoots were poking through and the bulbs were putting on exceptional growth. 

So it would seem that Dierama definately benefit from being given both heat, humidity and water post propagation. 

Best Wishes, 
Dave Fenwick

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