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Red hot poker plants are exotic beauties in the garden, but extremely easy to grow. The bright, wand-like flowers are beloved by hummingbirds and always please gardeners with their low-maintenance ways. When the correct arrives, you’ll want to start cutting back red hot poker plants.

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Kniphofia, also known as red hot poker or torch lily, makes a startling display in a garden, with flower spikes in cream, orange, red and yellow. Desert nights casino sign up. Depending upon the species, the flower stems range in height from 24 inches to more than 6 feet. A native of South Africa, Madagascar and Yemen, this perennial grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 5 to 10. Easy-to-grow kniphofia tolerates most soils, although it prefers a rich, moist, well-draining soil. Fertilizing red hot poker increases the appearance and profusion of blooms.


Enrich the garden soil two months before planting red hot poker. Spread 2 inches of well-rotted compost or manure over the top of the garden and till it in to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.


Feed kniphofia after the flower has settled into the garden and shows signs of growth. Apply a complete plant food -- either liquid or granules -- in spring. Repeat monthly if the plant food is not slow released.


Apply a 2-inch layer of fresh mulch around the base of the red hot poker plant in fall, after the flowers fade. The mulch enriches the soil during winter.


Feed the plant at the beginning of the next season. Apply a complete plant food when the kniphofia begins actively growing.

Things You Will Need

  • Well-rotted compost or manure
  • Shovel
  • Garden tiller
  • Complete plant food
  • Mulch


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  • Keep all chemicals, such as plant food, out of the reach of children and animals.

References (3)

  • The Complete Garden Flower Book; Catie Ziller
  • Burpee Complete Gardener; Barbara W. Ellis

Resources (3)

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About the Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as 'PB&J,' Disney’s 'Family Fun,' 'ParentLife,' 'Living With Teenagers' and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling 'Resolve.' An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.

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