Yellow Chinkerinchee is a bulbous plant that grows 100-500 mm tall. It has 3-8 linear leaves which can be erect or spreading. The leaf margins are minutely hairy.
This plant carry attractive brilliant orange, red, or yellow tepals with a flower center of brown or green. Plants reach about 30 to 50 cm in height, and leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, and yellow-green. It is a long-blooming, showy plant with beautiful large flowers, ideal for growing in pots, and as a cut flower.
The distribution of Yellow Chinkerinchee ranges from Clanwilliam to Paarl and Caledon to Port Elizabeth. It grows on mountain slopes and flats, in stony clay soil.
Common names: yellow chincherinchee (Eng.); geeltjienkerientjee, geeltjienk (Afr.); itsweletswele lasethafeni (Xhosa)
Growing Yellow Chinkerinchee
- Sow seed in Autumn or Spring – Spring sowing requires stratification.
- In Autumn sow the seeds into flats . Sink the flat into the ground in an area that offers shade. Provide a glass/plastic covering. Keep an eye on the flats to ensure that the soil remains moist. Bring the flats indoor at the beginning of spring and keep at 16°C.
- Alternatively sow the seeds in Spring. Mix seeds in a moist growing medium, then put in flats, wrap in a large plastic bag, then stratify by refrigeration for three weeks. Next bury the flat as described above.
- Once seedlings emerge transplant them to their final location.
- Germination time: one to six months.
- Can be grown in containers.
- This winter-growing species enjoys full sun.
- Once the leaves appear, the bulbs should be watered well, but the soil should be allowed to dry out between water applications.
- Once the bulbs dies back in summer they should not be watered until growth commences again in autumn.
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