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Any information on Achimene plant would be most welcome. Is it right that it should be left to dry out completely after flowering and that the rhizomes must be kept in a cool dry place till the following February befor replanting?.


  • can someone help me please, I would like to buy Achimenes plant, where can I get one?

    Any help much appreciated
  • can anyone tell me where to get achimenes in australia
  • Saw these plants for the First time last night at the AGM of our gardening club and am desperate to start my own collection as I think they are wonderful
  • Is there anything special I should do with this plant in the0 winter? Last year, on the advice of a friend, I put it in the shed all winter! When I removed it looked dead but I persevered and picked all the dead flowers and leaves off. This year, with lots of tender loving care from myself, its bigger than ever and I've had to buy a new pot about 2' across. Its still flowering in the conservatory and it seems a shame to put it in the shed. Please help!
  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    I used to have an Achimenes years ago . Lovely plant but I put several rhizomes together to make it bushier. They are quite easy to grow but do need a period of dormancy. They usually start wilting Nov - Dec and that is the time you should stop watering them. When the plant has died down you can either leave it in its pot somewhere cool or lift the rhizomes and store them somewhere. I just used to leave mine in the pot and then about March start watering them .  Make sure the water is tepid and not too cold and they will soon spring into life. Feed every couple of weeks when growth starts and I used to pinch mine out. Word of warning though - they don't like to be moved , especially when they are ready to flower. I moved house with mine and I'm convinced that's why it died . image

    Sorry, David but I've no idea where to buy one in Oz but am sure Mr. Google will help you out. image

    Thanks to everyone for reminding me about Achimenes - I feel the need to track them down now.

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    I bought my Achimenes from Dibleys Nurseryimage

    Pam LL x

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Thanks Pam image I've just found this link with pictures. Prices look good but the nursery is in Scotland.


  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,013

    Jean - I clicked on the link and a message Dangerous page came up image

    Pam LL x

  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Strange. I got a warning to say something had been blocked but I've just been back on it ??? wonder what thats all about ?

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    It maybe site that has been reported for insecure payments or something like that- unless they sell cannabis plantsimage

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