The fiery red hot spice flowers of the ‘Red Hot Poker’ plants are now in full bloom. Magnificent, magical, bright and exotic in appearance – they have always been one of my most favourite of garden plants. Spikey, green, pointed leaves that fall in every direction but are razor sharp to the touch like well-sharpened scythes they form a nest around the thick stems that hold the vibrant red and yellow flowers.
On one of my poker plants there is a magnificent Siamese topped flower. These dual versions happen every so often and help to create the illusion of yet more flowers on each plant.
Siamese Red Hot Poker Flowers
Red Hot Poker flower with bottom dew tips
To create more Red Hot Poker plants – simply ease up one of the small circle of leaves in either late Autumn or preferable early Spring. There should be a few small white roots showing … simply dig a medium size hole the size of a mug. If possible place a handful of sand and a little fresh compost in the hole before firming in the new poker plant. Water well in and leave. These are fairly resilient plants that take two to three years to reach maturity. Flowers usually appear on either the second or third year after planting.