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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

This deciduous tuberous-rooted perennial features large clumps of sword-shaped leaves and bright-yellow fragrant blooms. Grows well in most soil types. Good cut flower.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy tubers when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy tubers when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Propagate

    Divide tubers when they become crowded, which generally occurs every 3 to 6 years. Pull the tubers out of the ground, cut them apart and replant in the ground or containers.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy plants when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Transplant

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    4. Propagate

    Divide tubers when they become crowded, which generally occurs every 3 to 6 years. Pull the tubers out of the ground, cut them apart and replant in the ground or containers.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy plants when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with an organic food designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants weekly and containerized plants two to three times a week.
    5. Prune

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    8. Harvest

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy plants when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with an organic food designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants weekly and containerized plants two to three times a week.
    5. Prune

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    8. Harvest

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy plants when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with an organic food designed for blooming plants.
    4. Water

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants twice a week and containerized plants three to four times a week.
    5. Prune

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    8. Harvest

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy plants when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Water

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants two to three times per week and containerized plants daily.
    4. Prune

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    7. Harvest

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy plants when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Water

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants two to three times per week and containerized plants daily.
    4. Prune

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    7. Harvest

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy plants when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Water

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants two to three times per week and containerized plants daily.
    4. Prune

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    7. Propagate

    Divide tubers when they become crowded, which generally occurs every 3 to 6 years. Pull the tubers out of the ground, cut them apart and replant in the ground or containers.
    8. Harvest

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy tubers when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    3. Water

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants twice a week and containerized plants three to four times a week.
    4. Propagate

    Divide tubers when they become crowded, which generally occurs every 3 to 6 years. Pull the tubers out of the ground, cut them apart and replant in the ground or containers.
    5. Harvest

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.
    November
    1. Buy

    Buy tubers when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy tubers when available.
    2. Plant

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy tubers when available.

    February

    Buy tubers when available.

    March

    Buy plants when available.

    April

    Buy plants when available.

    May

    Buy plants when available.

    June

    Buy plants when available.

    July

    Buy plants when available.

    August

    Buy plants when available.

    September

    Buy plants when available.

    October

    Buy tubers when available.

    November

    Buy tubers when available.

    December

    Buy tubers when available.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    February

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    March

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    April

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    May

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    June

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    July

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    August

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    September

    Plant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    October

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    November

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    December

    Plant tubers in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Fertilize with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    May

    Fertilize with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    June

    Fertilize with an organic food designed for blooming plants.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    April

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants weekly and containerized plants two to three times a week.

    May

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants weekly and containerized plants two to three times a week.

    June

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants twice a week and containerized plants three to four times a week.

    July

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants two to three times per week and containerized plants daily.

    August

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants two to three times per week and containerized plants daily.

    September

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants two to three times per week and containerized plants daily.

    October

    Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water in-ground plants twice a week and containerized plants three to four times a week.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    April

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.

    May

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.

    June

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.

    July

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.

    August

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.

    September

    Remove spent flowers and brown foliage as necessary.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.

    May

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.

    June

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.

    July

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.

    August

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.

    September

    Mulch with a 2-inch layer of shredded bark to keep soil moist.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    March

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    April

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    May

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    June

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    July

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    August

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    September

    Transplant containerized plants in well-drained soil that has been amended with compost.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    February

    Divide tubers when they become crowded, which generally occurs every 3 to 6 years. Pull the tubers out of the ground, cut them apart and replant in the ground or containers.

    March

    Divide tubers when they become crowded, which generally occurs every 3 to 6 years. Pull the tubers out of the ground, cut them apart and replant in the ground or containers.

    September

    Divide tubers when they become crowded, which generally occurs every 3 to 6 years. Pull the tubers out of the ground, cut them apart and replant in the ground or containers.

    October

    Divide tubers when they become crowded, which generally occurs every 3 to 6 years. Pull the tubers out of the ground, cut them apart and replant in the ground or containers.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    April

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.

    May

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.

    June

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.

    July

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.

    August

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.

    September

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.

    October

    Cut stems containing buds that are just about to open and bring them indoors to enjoy.

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