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How do you grow Bessera elegans?
Posted by Suttons Customer Services on 12 December 2013 01:39 PM

These tender plants are native to Mexico and ideal for growing in a sunny position on the patio in containers and the garden border during the summer months or in a cool greenhouse.

The plants can be planted in the garden or moved to a sunny patio once the danger of frost has passed. Although in mild parts of the country the corms can be planted at the base of a south facing wall and given protection so that the soil remains dry and frost free when they are dormant. To ensure they overwinter successfully it is best to plant the corms in pots. Use a good quality, free draining multipurpose compost or John Innes number 2 potting compost. Plant 5 corms, 7.5cm (3″) deep in a 15-20cm (6-8″) pot.

Keep the plants well watered and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer once a month during the growing season. When the foliage starts to yellow in September withhold water, remove the dead foliage and store dry in a frost free place until starting them into growth in spring. Corms planted in the garden should be lifted and stored in a frost free place.

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