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Red Hot Poker Seed Propagation: How To Plant Red Hot Poker Seeds
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Red hot poker plants are easy to grow in well-draining soil. If you wish to start plants by collecting seeds, here are a few tips on how to plant red hot poker seeds for a successful crop of "torch lily" that will bloom for years. Click this article to learn more.
Red Hot Poker Companion Plants: Plants That Grow Well With Red Hot Pokers
By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
You may find it challenging to select plants that grow well with red hot pokers, but there is actually a wide range of red hot poker lily companions. Take a look at the article that follows for a few suggestions of plants that work well with red hot poker.
Kniphofia Species, Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily, Tritoma
Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Where to Grow:
Soil pH requirements:
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
Huntington Beach, California
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Falling Waters, West Virginia
On May 18, 2020, pmmGarak from Gцppingen,
Germany (Zone 7b) wrote:
Took 3 years from seed. The force of the flowering stalk emerging is impressive, even though it doesn't last very long. The plant also has architectural value when not in flower - some visitors mistook it for an Agave -).
No hardiness problem in my Zone 7 so far, though last 2 winters were quite mild.
On Jun 29, 2015, Emerogork from Wethersfield, CT wrote:
On Jun 9, 2014, Marthan from Choudrant, LA wrote:
I live in Northern Louisiana. I discovered this bloom in a flower bed that is full of other bulbs. Have no idea where it came from unless it was in some bulbs someone gave me. I hope I can save it. I will research it.
On Oct 10, 2011, atcps from WOODLAWN, TN wrote:
These get huge rather quickly when sited properly. the spikes in the spring are fabulous accent points but the blooms sadly last only about a week in my Tennessee garden. I dug up a large clump of these this summer and had several plants but they all failed to survive the move. I think once it is established it is best not to move it. Give it at least a five foot diameter circle when planting.
Red Hot Poker Plants
Red hot poker plants thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 10. Temperatures below 14 degrees Fahrenheit will harm these perennials. Rich, well-drained soil with a pH level between 6.6 and 7.5 provides an optimal growing environment for red hot poker plants. Add compost to the soil to provide organic matter and improve drainage. Red hot poker plants tolerate drought, but they grow best with regular watering in the summer. To protect the plants from snails and slugs, move piles of firewood and other damp hiding places away from the plants and place flower pots on stands. Pry apart the roots of mature clumps and cut through the base of the leaves and stems with a sharp knife in the spring before new growth appears. Plant the divisions at the same depth as they originally grew. Seeds develop and dry in the seed head in the fall. Flowers appear during the second growing season.
- Remove all spent flowers as soon as they fade to promote re-blooming of your Red Hot Poker plants.
- Spread a 4-inch-thick layer of bark mulch around the Red Hot Poker plants in the fall to protect them through the cold winter months.
Work in some peat moss or organic compost to enrich the soil and improve drainage when you plant your Red Hot Pokers.
Provide at least 2 feet between the Red Hot Poker plants to give them enough room to spread.
(Dwarf Poker) Kniphofia ‘Ember Glow’ is just as beautiful as a mid summers campfire. The beautiful colors of orange, tangerine and yellow light up this hot poker stick. ‘Ember Glow’ lights up the garden in late summer, blooming from August through November. Standing a mere 20 inches tall, the compact habit of ‘Ember Glow’ is great for small gardens. This drought tolerant plant makes for a beautiful cut flower that lasts for several days. Are critters a problem in your garden? ‘Ember Glow’ is both deer and rabbit resistant.
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