How to plant babianas

Babianas or baboon flowers produce long-lasting, fragant funnel-shaped flowers and ribbed lance-shaped leaves on short stems. Native to South Africa, these relatives of the iridaceae family resembling small freesias will equally be at home planted in sunny borders or pots. They make good flowers.

Plant around 20 cm deep in light, deep, rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Provide a deep mulch for winter protection, or lift and store indoors.

Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.

Potential problems, pests and diseases:

Generally, babianas do not suffer from any serious diseases. However, they may be affected by glasshouse red spider mites. These tiny sap-eating mites can cause leaves to become mottled with pale spots. In extreme cases, affected plants may shed leaves and potentially perish. Since red spider mites thrive in dry, hot weather, regularly spray foliage with water to discourage any attacks and keep an eye out for tiny mites, eggs and cobwebs. Dispose of any deceased plant material and debris before spring to prevent risks of infestation.

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