Achimenes were very popular in the 19th century coming to Europe from tropical America. They thrive as houseplants due to their tolerance to heat and humidity and few plants can compare to them for length of flowering time and equisite blooms. They can be grown outdoors but only if temperatures allow. Flowers late June-late September.
- Beautiful elongated flowers of sunshine yellow accentuated by the delicate brown blothes in the throat
- With contrasting bronze foliage
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Also known by the unusual name - the Hot water plant - as it is thought that by plunging the pot into hot water it encourages flowering! However, this is not necessary for these delightful plants to flourish. They are dormant in the winter months but during the summer will provide stunning colour indoors. For best results achimenes should be grown in bright and slightly humid conditions, but avoid direct sunlight.
Plug or Potted Plant:Plug
If Plug Small, Medium or Large:Large
Greenhouse, Glass House or Home:True
For best results achimenes should be grown in bright and slightly humid conditions, but avoid direct sunlight. Once your achimene has stopped flowering at the end of summer, you should allow your plant to die down and go into dormancy. To do this you should gradually decrease the watering over 4-6 weeks to nothing. Then remove any dead foliage and store your achimene in dry compost in its pot, at a temperature of around 10ºC for the winter. In the spring increase the temperature to around 17ºC to encourage your plant to start growing. Then you should water regularly and feed fortnightly once growth starts to appear.