Dierama pulcherrimum ‘Blackbird’
BLACKBIRD FAIRY FISHING RODS
Dierama pulcherrimum ‘Blackbird’ is an offspring from the darkest of all Fairy Fishing Rods. It bears large, flared, deep claret-purple trumpets along arching stems in Spring/Summer.
It is a sensational cut flower, but you do need a big vase to do it justice.
Plant in Full Sun to Part Shade.
Suits most soils.
Frost hardy, un-fussy evergreen bulbous perennial.
Dry resistant once established.
Seedlings may produce the odd colour variation, but that is all part of the fun and they are all beautiful.
1.3m High very graceful arching stems with dangling bells x 1m Wide dense clump of fine reed-like foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: EASY
Sow at any time of year in punnets indoors, except mid-summer.
Germination may be hastened by soaking the seeds overnight in a glass of clean, warm (not boiling) water, before you sow them.
Then sow seeds in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Press seeds gently into the surface, then barely cover with no more than 3mm of mix / vermiculite / fine sandy grit.
Because light is needed for seed germination.
Now place the sown punnet in a warm, well-lit position, such as a window sill (but not in direct sunlight).
Then keep mix moist but not sodden.
Temperatures of 15-20°C approx. are best for optimum germination.
So you can use a temperature controlled heat mat if you have one, or just use the natural warmth of the house.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 30 days.
But do not discard your punnet because some seeds may come later (this is a natural device by the plant to give the seedlings a better chance to avoid problems by staggering germination).
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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