Geissorhiza monanthos

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Heinie
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Geissorhiza monanthos

Post by Heinie » August 29th, 2013, 11:01 pm

Geissorhiza monanthos flowering earlier this year

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Re: Geissorhiza monanthos

Post by mikhurram » August 29th, 2013, 11:23 pm

Seem to be very similar to Geissorhiza Splendissima. Sir, after flowering do you place the Geissoriza bulbs in a storage area or let them remain in the pots ?

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Re: Geissorhiza monanthos

Post by Heinie » August 29th, 2013, 11:26 pm

I leave them in the pots and place them in a dry area with no watering until next season.
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Re: Geissorhiza monanthos

Post by Farhan Ahmed » August 29th, 2013, 11:29 pm

Sir it would be lovely to have a complete showcase of your Garden especially as spring is approaching. Can we landscape with bulbs?? Is it economical?? So to say if one is starting a new garden

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Re: Geissorhiza monanthos

Post by Farhan Ahmed » August 29th, 2013, 11:31 pm

and more importantly can most of them be left in situ?

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Re: Geissorhiza monanthos

Post by mikhurram » August 29th, 2013, 11:35 pm

Sir are you using the same media for them as recommended for other bulbs which is 60 percent sand, 30 percent grit and compost 10 percent ? Would you recommend spreading a tablespoon of superphosphate at the base of the pot when planting a fresh bulb or using a slow release fertilizer?
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Heinie
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Re: Geissorhiza monanthos

Post by Heinie » August 29th, 2013, 11:43 pm

Landscaping with bulbs is not really possible because of all the different growing seasons when bulbs that should be dry will get rain and other way roumd. That is a major reason why my bulbs are in pots and the Clivias and Daylilies in the garden. Some pot are on the ground and the smaller pots are kept on stands like in the photos below. The contents on the stands change all the time. I have 4 of these stands and each stand takes between 120 and 160 pots depending on the size of the pot.

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Re: Geissorhiza monanthos

Post by Heinie » August 30th, 2013, 12:01 am

I use the same growing medium for all my bulbs because it is easier to control the watering cycles with the same medium throughout. For bigger pots I add some bark in the mix too because I have to fetch grit in the river about 50kms from my home. I sift the riversand in the river to sort the grit size I want.

I use steam Sterilized Bonemeal instead of Superphosphate that I mix into the growing medium before it is placed in the pot. It is a really slow release phosphate.

I used a Controlled Release Fertilizer for about 3 years but I could not see any better results with this expensive product so I went back to liquid fertilizer.
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