Rhodohypoxis can genetically cross with another genus in the same family, Hypoxis, creating a new hybrid plant called x Rhodoxis. Several beautiful cultivars of x Rhodoxis are available in the trade as liners. One of the most stunning of these is x Rhodoxis ‘Fairytale,’ bred by Philip van Hilst in the Netherlands and marketed by Concept Plants.
“Fairytale has surprised me by the amount of vibrant colored star-like flowers it produces year after year in containers and in the ground. In a four-year-old plant, there are literally hundreds of flowers. It even reblooms in autumn,” says Peter van Rijssen of Concept Plants.
Another noteworthy form is x Rhodoxis ‘Hebron Farm Cerise,’ which originated at West Acre Farm in the UK.
Cultivation of Rhodohypoxis or x Rhodoxis is relatively easy, as long as two important requirements are met. They must be kept dry in the winter, and they must have regular watering through their growing season. The plant goes dormant in the fall when the leaves will turn yellow, and you should discontinue watering about two weeks after this. After you cut off the water, you can even stack flats on top of each other to save
Why grow Rhodohypoxis or x Rhodoxis?
- It has a very high “cute” factor that makes it a great seller in garden centers.
- Works very well in containers and in fairy gardens.
- It’s reblooming.
- It has a high disease tolerance.
- Low maintenance
Mark Leichty is the Director of Business Development at Little Prince of Oregon Nursery near Portland. He is a certified plant geek who enjoys visiting beautiful gardens and garden centers searching for rare and unique plants to satisfy his plant lust. firstname.lastname@example.org
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