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Schizostylis, the kaffir lily

Schizostylis, the kaffir lily

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Schizostylis or Lis des Cafres is a superb winter flowering flower.

Enjoy its pretty flowers from September to mid-February.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Schizostylis
Family : Iridaceae
Type : Perennial with rhizomes

Height : 40 to 60 cm
: Sunny
: Rather humid

Flowering : September to February

Planting Schizostylis

Planting Schizostylis is best done in spring but can also be done in fall. If the climate is mild in winter, you can also plant a little later.

Avoid planting your Schizostylis during the summer as they may experience heat stress.

Where to plant Schizostylis?

The choice of location and the quality of the soil is of great importance in planting Kaffir lilies. This is what determines the quality of flowering and the good growth of the plant.

  • Schizostylis likes rather humid lands but she also likes ordinary terrain.
  • The soil should especially not be flooded, especially in winter, or good drainage is recommended.
  • It is a plant that dreads too dry land.
  • A situation very sunny is essential for flowering.

How to plant the Schizostylis:

A good planting ensures a beautiful flowering throughout the winter.

  • The Schizostylis is planted about 10 cm deep.
  • Keep a spacing of at least 15 cm and make tufts of 4-5 schizostylis.
  • Schizostylis dreads soils that are too drained and too dry in summer.
  • Good mulching helps keep summer cool.

Multiplication of Schizostylis:

Schizostylis or Lis des Cafres is a plant that multiplies very easily by division of rhizomes throughout its growing season.

  • Take a rhizome, taking care to keep the entire root system of the stem.
  • Plant this rhizome in a pot filled with potting soil.
  • Water regularly to keep the substrate moist.
  • Plant when the root system is well developed.

Maintenance of Schizostylis

Once firmly established, Schizostylis is a plant that requires relatively little maintenance. Schizostylis even tends to grow on its own around the mother plant.

  • Cut off faded flowers as you go to encourage the appearance of new flowers.

Watering and fertilizer in Schizostylis:

When the Schizostylis or Cafres Lily is well established in a rich and cool soil in summer, you should not have to intervene very often.

  • Water in case of drought or hot weather.
  • Adding fertilizer is not always necessary but can be useful during flowering to stimulate the growth of Schizostylis.
  • A bulb flower fertilizer is very suitable.
  • In pots, the addition of fertilizer is often indicated from the 2nd year of cultivation.

Good mulching on the ground keeps the soil cool and moist and thus avoids a lot of watering.

To know about Schizostylis

Native to South Africa and therefore the southern hemisphere, it flowers normally in summer, but having failed to shift its flowering in our latitudes, it blooms here in winter.

It flowers therefore late, in the fall, or even later when the climate is not too cold in winter.

Ideal for adorning the wet areas of your garden, it also acclimates to ordinary soil, as long as it is watered more regularly in summer.

The name Lis des Cafres comes from the fact that this pretty flower grows wild along the streams and wetlands of a large area of ​​South Africa once called Cafrerie and populated by the Cafres.

Smart tip

At the end of summer, add organic fertilizer for flowering plants to make flowering more beautiful and denser.

Video: Schizostylis (June 2022).