Red Hot Poker

Mary O\’Sullivan asked 13 years ago

I planted red hot poker bulbs in my front garden(west facing) 3 years ago. They took nearly a year to flower but the problem is when they do flower, the flowers only last approx. 1-2 weeks. I have noticed that they last a lot longer in other parts of the country. I am just wondering if a west facing garden is the right location for them or is it the soil – can you please advise. Thanks

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
Red hot poker is a border perennial, but not bulbous. As the plants get older, they produce more flowers and there is more of a succession of flowers. It is possible that the variety you have simply does not last as long.

Much depends on the weather … warm weather speeding things up ….and factors such as pollination by insects, which shortens flowering time.

Leave it be and see what happens.