Dietes are rhizomous plants with long grasslike green leaves bearing stems topped with iris like blooms. The plants prefer a slightly rocky well drained soil in a partially shaded location. Native to Africa, Dietes are members of the Iris family, Iridceae.
Propagation is done by digging and separating the rhizomes of existing plants or by sowing seeds. Seeds should be sown in pots, trays or a bed prepared with a soiless seed starting medium (1 part sphagnum peat moss to 1 part sand is fine). Soak the seeds for 24 hours prior to planting. Sow the seed and cover lightly. Maintain temperature at about 70F and keep the medium moist, but not soggy. When seedlings reach 2 inches in height, transplant to larger containers or, if outdoor temperatures remain above 55F, you may set the transplants in an outdoor prepared area
Fortnight Lily (Morea Iris, African Cape Iris) - Dietes vegeta (D. irdioides) - Long dark green iris like leaves on stems topped by 3 inch white blooms resembling Japanese Iris. Full or partial shade. Height: 12 inches Hardy to 20F (-12.2C)
|#5753 Packet $4.50 Approximately 50 seeds||
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