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Achimenes

 
Achimenes
Family: Gesneriaceae
 
Popular names: hot water plant and widow's tears
 

Origin: Central South America

Flower colour: blue, peach, pink, red, orange, white, purple, yellow.

Flowering period: June-October

Average plant height: 30 cm

Planting depth to base of bulb: 2 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 6 in 15 cm pot

Type of bulb: rhizome

Light requirements: 25-50% shade

Landscape uses: primary use in containers, or in borders.

Achimenes is an easy plant to grow. Nearly all the Achimenes offered are hybrids. These modern varieties produce masses of short trumpet-shaped flowers and shiny, velvety leaves.

Keep the plants reasonably warm and make sure the potting soil never dries out. Stop watering when flowering has finished. Achimenes stems are weak so it is an excellent choice for a hanging basket. This bulb likes a spot with lots of light, but avoid direct sun light.

Principal varieties:
'Blue Sparks' - blue
'Harry Williams' - red
'Prima Donna' - pink
'Snow Princess' - white