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Striped Drimiopsis

Planting your bulb

 

 You may grow it in a small pot about 4-5 inches (10-13 cm) wide and tall.  The pot must have drainage holes. 

 Use a well-draining soil mix, such as 3 parts potting soil to 2 parts perlite or coarse sand.  Or you may use equal parts of coir fiber and perlite, with some slow-release fertilizer mixed in.

 Bury the bulb with the top about 1/2 inch (2 cm) below the surface.  Add just enough water until the soil is lightly moist throughout, and keep it this moist until it sprouts.  Don't keep it fully saturated - just slightly moist.

 Until it sprouts, try to keep it between about 65 and 75 degrees F (18-23C) during the day (a little cooler at night is ok). 

 The bulb may take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to sprout.  When it does, keep the soil evenly moist (don't let it dry out).  Give it bright light, but shade it from strong afternoon sun.  It does not need much direct sunlight to thrive - just bright light.

 Feed it about every 3 months with a general-purpose fertilizer, following the dosage on the package.

 The bulb occasionally goes dormant, and when it does, reduce the watering.  Keep the soil slightly and at the temperature range mentioned earlier until it emerges from dormancy, approximately 2-3 months.

Pests to watch for -- Mealybugs may attack the bulbs.  Look for cottony growth where the leaves emerge from the ground.  To control mealybugs, try using an insecticidal soap soil drench.

General tips about this plant

 Have fun growing it!

- Jeff

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