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Tropicals – Red Hot Poker

  • Red hot poker 

Botanical name: kniphofia uvaria 

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: up to 4 ft in height and 3 ft in width 

Bloom time:  late spring, summer, fall

Hardy zone: zones 5-9

Flower color: red/orange/yellow 

Foliage color: green 

Growth rate: can reach fully mature size in 1-2 growing seasons 

Pruning instructions: deadhead and remove dead or dying foliage as needed 

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: color and texture addition to a flower garden 

Light needs: at least 6 hours of sun per day 

Special features: long blooming periods 

Watering instructions:   allow soil to partially dry between watering sessions

Fertilizing instructions : use 4-8-4 in the early spring

Best time to plant: spring or summer

Best type of soil: loam or sand

Companion plants: pampas grass, lavender, delphiniums

Toxicity level: potentially mildly toxic if ingested 

Invasive species: no

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