Ixia – Derived from a Greek name “Ixia” meaning chameleon referring to the colour variability
Nearest ally is Tritonia
For winter growing spring flowering bulbs sow the seed in autumn, in the same soil mixture as above. Do not place seeds in a glass house or heated house. They require fluctuating temperatures, i.e. cool to cold nights (10°C) and warm days (22°C) to stimulate germination.
The seeds will germinate, the plants will grow in the winter, most will flower in spring and early summer. The plants will go dormant in summer – again do not over water while they are dormant.
Most bulbous plants are best grown in pots or containers. If you live in an area that has cold winters, most of them will need protection during the winter, unless they are hardy and/or dormant. In Mediterranean areas, summer growing bulbs may need protection from the winter rain.
A suggested soil mix:
3 parts washed sand (builders, industrial or crushed granite sand)
2 parts coarse peat moss (crumbled)
2 parts redwood compost
1 part perlite/pumice (opt. can contain fluorides mildly toxic to some plants)