Touchstone Garden Centre
Hours of Trade
Monday to Saturday
9am to 5pm
Sunday 9am to 4pm
Closed Xmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year Day, Easter Friday, Anzac morning
129A Ormond Road, Gisborne

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Cultural Requirements

  • Position
    North facing ideal
    In warm areas plant May-Sept.
    In cold areas plant Aug – Dec.
  • Soil
    Must be well drained
    Dig deeply
    Add Organic Compost and General Garden Food (see packet for rates)
    Can also be grown in pots and containers – use Container Mix. Approx. 6 corms to a 20cm t/c pot
    Give weekly applications of Yates Thrive Liquid Flower and Fruit during period when flower stalks are forming ,as new corms are developing at the same time
  • Water
    Keep well watered through growing period, especially in drier periods


  • With basal plate downwards
  • 10cm deep, 15-20cm apart
  • Plant in groups, rather than rows
  • Staking necessary to protect from wind damage
  • Position stake at time of planting to avoid damage to bulbs

Pests & Diseases

  • Thrips
    Small rasping insect which causes silvering of leaves and dark specks on underside of leaves. Spray with Mavrik
  • Rust
    Yellow-orange mottled areas on upper surface of some leaves  - some yellow-orange pustules on undersides. Spray with Shield.
  • Virus
    Symptoms do not show up until flowering
    Flowers develop streaks and broken colour
    Destroy infected plants

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