This old-time garden favorite has been modernized and is available in glorious shades of apricot, pink, red, yellow, gold, and cream. It can be brought into bloom almost any time of year in the greenhouse, though winter bloom is probably the most appreciated.
Rhizomes are started in a mixture of peatmoss and sand. When established, pot in a mix of soil, peat, and well-rotted manure, with sand added for good drainage since they like plenty of water when in full growth. When growth is well established, feed once or twice with a complete liquid fertilizer. If planted in August for winter bloom, give plenty of light and good air circulation. Shade from June to planting time.
After flowering, rest by withholding moisture.
Z. aethiopica, pure white velvety textured blooms and waxy arrow-shaped leaves; Z. Reh-mannii, dwarf plant with lovely large light pink flowers; Sunrise Hybrids, a strain of colors from apricot through yellow, gold, cream, and pink to red; Z. Childsiana.