Gardens look brilliant with dazzling red and yellow flowers, but if you want a magnificent stately flower spike that stands metres high, then you can’t go past the Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia).

Red Hot Pokers are a simple looking plant with straplike leaves, but in summer they come into their prime with magnificent flower spikes that can stand metres tall. These flowers vary from brilliant red to burnt orange in colour and can last for weeks on end.

Right now during winter is a great time to plant their bulbs so they can grow and produce their stately red flowers.

Red Hot Pokers like a rich well drained soil in full sun. For best results, plant into Searles® Garden Soil Mix. They tolerate wind well and are often seen growing close to coastal areas.

They don’t need much care and will survive well with a good watering about once a week.

To keep them healthy and promote their tall stately flower spikes, fertilise regularly with Searles Flourish® Soluble Plant Food.

Remove dead flower stems and leaves in late autumn. Red Hot Pokers also respond well to being divided up every three years. They look fabulous as cut flowers to adorn your favourite corner of the room.

Red Hot Pokers attract native birds which feed on their nectar.
So remember, for magnificent Red Hot Pokers

• Plant in full sun into Searles® Garden Soil Mix
• Water about once a week
• And Fertilise regularly with Searles Flourish® Soluble Plant Food
By doing this, your garden will be adorned with one of the most grand red flower spikes you have ever seen.

Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.

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