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The Red Hot Pokers - Kniphofia species include some of the most exotic flowering plants that you can grow in a northern European garden. Named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof (an 18th-century German physician and botanist) Kniphofia is a genus containing some 70 species of herbaceous plants.
Kniphofia will grow best in full sun and are adaptable to almost any garden soil so long as it is well drained. Be aware that kniphofias will not thrive in wet or poorly drained soils. Neither will they perform well on richly manured soils. However it is worth applying a light organic fertiliser in the early summer.
In spite of the height of the flower stems kniphofia will not need staking. Remove any dead or dying flower heads as they appear to encourage further flowering. In November or December tie up the remaining leave to protect the crown against excessive moisture.
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