Cultivation of Rhodohypoxis and x Rhodoxis
On seeing pots of Rhodohypoxis in full flower one of the first questions people ask us, is "Are they hardy?".
These plants grow mainly in the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa at altitudes of 1000 - 2500 metres In their place of origin they can have very cold but dry winters where they are often covered in snow. For each country, the climate is different. But in any climate they growing.They can take it dry and cold but not wet and cold. The key word in the last sentence is DRY. We hope to build up a reputation as a nursery which can be trusted, and wanting our customers to return to us in future years.
Rhodohypoxis can be easily grown in containers where their growing conditions can be more easily controlled. Once again, containerised plants require plenty of moisture in the summer which is reduced as the leaves start to die down in August to October depending on the variety. Plants can then be stored dry, with no heating, under the bench of a glasshouse, in a shed or as we do, in the garage.
Do NOT leave Rhodohypoxis on top of the bench in a glasshouse during their dormant period as even in winter the sun can raise temperature under glass to a degree where the corms may desiccate. We put them dry, cool 5c and drak road in the winter months.
Repotting is generally carried out in maart or april with the first watering given in april, providing temperatures are not too low.
It is important that plants are not allowed to dry out once they come into growth. Once the risk of a severe frost is over, plants can be placed outside in an open sunny site.
Regular dead-heading of the spent flowers helps to improve flowering performance.
We also find that they are best re-potted every year.
We tend to grow our plants in terracotta pots mainly for display purposes around the garden. They also grow equally well in plastic pots which are easier to maintain in the summer as do not dry out as quickly.
The cultivation methods for x Rhodoxis are exactly the same as for Rhodohypoxis.