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Kniphofia is a pollinator magnet for your summer garden. It produces upright, tubular, poker-like clusters of boldly colored bloom spikes above sword-shaped, semi-evergreen, bluish-green coarse leaves. Pollinators are a vital part of life on planet Earth since they pollinate most flowering plants for them to reproduce. Pollinators do this by transferring pollen from bloom to bloom. Pollinators have been in decline in recent years due to habitat loss and disease. Kniphofia provides shelter and food for native pollinators to thrive and survive. It is surprisingly easy and lots of fun for you and your family to attract them to your garden to provide spectacular entertainment! Please help to sustain the pollinator populations by planting kniphofia and other pollinator magnets.
About this Variety
Tritoma, or Kniphofia, Candy Apple produces bright red flower spikes on top of tall stems with semi-evergreen foliage.
- Beneficial to pollinators; attracts butterflies & hummingbirds
- Deer & critter resistant
- Drought tolerant
- Excellent for cut flowers
- Easy to grow
Early to Mid Summer
Grows 24-36" tall
Plant 18-24" apart, 2-3" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 6-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant Kniphofia in the spring after all danger of frost has passed or in the fall before the first frost hardens the soil in a full sun location in moist but well draining soil. Soil preparation: The ideal soil is porous and drains well and yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments (peat moss or ground bark). Spread a 3-4" layer of soil amendment, add fertilizer and incorporate together into the soil to a depth of 10". To plant: Dig a hole 2-3" deep in a sunny (at least 6 hours of direct sun), well drained location. Place the Kniphofia in hole with roots pointed down and space 18-24" apart. Cover with soil and water. Mulch in extreme climates.
Grows well in average, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun but intolerant of wet soils. Locate in areas protected from the wind. Remove spent flower spikes.