Kniphofia Growing Guide

Planting Kniphofia

  • Plant in spring after the last frost.
  • Keep plants cool until planting and be careful that they do not dry out.
  • Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil, if needed.
  • Plant with the top of the crown, base of the fans 3 cm (1 in) below soil level and space 50 to 60 cm (20 to 24 in) apart.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.

Growing Kniphofia

  • Water as needed during active growth periods, but allow the soil to become dry between watering.
  • All-purpose garden fertilizer applied at the beginning and middle of the growing season is effective.
  • This is a bold plant that can be used as a focal point in the middle or back of the garden.

Care Kniphofia

  • These flowers last a long time as cut flowers, making them popular for arrangements and bouquets.
  • These flowers attract hummingbirds.
  • After flowering, the leaves should be allowed to die down. The leaves will gather sunlight and provide nourishment for next year’s show.

Winterizing Kniphofia

  • Foliage should be cut back in the fall.
  • For new plants, provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving.