Achimenes is a genus of about 25 species of tuberous perennials in the family Gesneriaceae, native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. They are grown for their colorful flowers which appear in summer and autumn. The flowers are borne in terminal clusters and come in a variety of colors including pink, purple, red, and white.
Achimenes are easy to grow plants that make great additions to any garden. They can be grown in pots or in the ground and prefer a warm, humid environment. When grown in pots, they should be fertilized every two weeks and kept moist. Potted plants can be brought indoors during
Achimenes Plant Care:
Soil for Achimenes plants
Achimenes are one of the easiest plants to grow and care for. They can be grown in just about any type of soil, as long as it is well-drained. Achimenes do best in a slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. If your soil is alkaline, you can amend it by adding peat moss or compost. Achimenes also need plenty of moisture, so make sure to water them regularly. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering.
Watering and Feeding
Achimenes plants need soil moisture in order to grow and flourish. The plant's leaves are covered in a thin layer of water droplets that help the plant absorb water and nutrients from the soil. If the soil is dry, the leaves will start to turn brown and the plant will not be able to absorb as much water or nutrients. It is important to water Achimenes plants regularly, especially if they are in a dry climate.
Plant your Achimenes bulbs in spring. Seedlings will produce stunning flowers 2 to 4 weeks after planting, especially in early summer, and shortly thereafter. Blooms in hanging baskets and along the sides of containers will continue to look spectacular from late spring through fall.