Achimenes is a plant that can increase the beauty of your garden. It has a beautiful, Red and white flower and it is a perennial flower. After flowering throughout the summer, allow the Achimenes longiflora plant to die down in early fall. To do this, gradually reduce watering over a period of one month. Remove all dead and dying growth. Leave them in dry compost, in their pots, for the winter months.
This plant is a favorite of gardeners because of its attractive leaves and succulent flowers. Achimenes plants grow best in well-drained soil that contains plenty of organic material. Gardeners should avoid over fertilizing this plant, as this can lead to unhealthy growth.
When it comes time to water your Achimenes bulbs you shouldn't be shy about how much you water. When the first two to three inches of soil are dry, this plant will appreciate a long and thorough watering. Water enough to thoroughly soak the soil. The water you add should be enough to allow excess water to drain through the drainage hole in the bottom of your pot.
Choose a spot where your Achimenes will receive light to moderate shade or partial sun.
When to plant Achimenes
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.