— Schizostylis (or Kaffir Lily) rhizomes are hardy down to -10C, so can be planted direct outside in spring but may require winter protection in colder areas.
— Plant your Schizostylis rhizomes straight outside between March and May. They are best planted as soon as possible while fresh, providing the soil isn’t frozen.
— Soak the rhizomes in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.
— Choose a spot in full sun or partial shade and which is sheltered from wind.
— Grow in borders or containers - they prefer a moist but well-drained soil and are often grown close to water in soil which doesn’t become fully dry during summer. If planting in containers, we recommend using a peat-free multipurpose compost.
— Plant the rhizomes 10-15cm deep, with visible shoots facing upwards.
— Space the rhizomes about 15-20cm apart or slightly closer in pots for a full display.
— Water-in after planting, and keep well hydrated throughout the growing season, not allowing to dry out at any point.
— Schizostylis may take a year to establish before flowering, then will return every year.
— In cooler areas, it is advisable to protect them with a thick mulch in the winter.