- Flowering Time
- Planting Time
- Needs Winter Protection
- Perfect For
- Pots & Tubs
- Small Garden & Balcony
- Flowering Height
- 30-40 cm
- Bulb Size
- 5/+ cm
- Whites & Creams
- Purples & Mauves
Also known as ‘wand flowers’, Ixia ‘Giant’ brings a magical touch with clusters of twinkling, starry, ivory-white flowers embellished with purple-maroon hearts. As its name suggests, this variety bears particularly sizeable blooms on tall stems. Native to South Africa, these tender corms are gratifying and easy to grow – simply offer protection from frost and plant on free-draining soil in plenty of sunshine. ‘Giant’ is ideal for patio planters, where the pretty blooms can be admired up close and moved to a sheltered location over winter. Renowned for their superiority as cut flowers, Ixia have an excellent vase life for delightful floral arrangements.
As members of the Iris family, Ixia thrive in a sunny spot in well-drained soil which is rich in organic matter.
South African Ixia can also be grown in a cool greenhouse or conservatory.
Plant corms 5cm deep, spaced 8-10cm apart in the soil. A mix of compost, leaf mould and sharp sand provides an ideal growing medium for pot grown plants.
Protect from east and northerly winds and ensure soil never becomes waterlogged as this may lead to rotting.
Lift the bulbs in autumn, allowing them to dry out for a day or two before storing in a cool, dry place until the following spring.