Striking Red Hot Poker Plants In The Garden
The flaming flowers of the red hot poker plant can make a striking addition to garden beds. This perennial plant can adapt to a variety of climates and soils. Red hot poker garden plants are truly aptly named with their orange, red and yellow flower spikes that look like blazing torches. Red hot poker plants prefer full sun and must be given adequate spacing to accommodate their mature size. Although poker plants are not fussy about the type of soil in which they are planted, they do require adequate drainage and do not tolerate wet feet. Plant torch lilies in the early spring or fall for best results. Most of these plants are available as potted transplants or tuberous roots. They can also be seed grown. Although this beautiful plant is hard and moderately drought resistant, regular water is required in order for the plant to reach its full potential.
Gardeners should be diligent with watering during hot and dry spells. Provide a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch to help with water retention and for protection during cold winters. Cut foliage off at the base of the plant in late fall and remove spent flower spike to encourage more blooms. Poker garden plants can be divided in the fall for new plants. Do not bury the crown of the plant any deeper than 3 inches. Water new plants thoroughly and cover with a liberal amount of mulch.