Veltheimia : Greenhouse Plants
C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F)
These are the unusual Forestwhose nomenclature seems to be in such confusion that I am going to concentrate on their cultivation and leave wrangling over name tags to the taxonomists. Bulbs are planted up into a well-drained loam-based in September, either singly into a 13-cm (5-in) pot or three to an 18-cm (7-in). They should be watered in but left until the surface is quite dry before being watered again. Attractive foliage will appear first followed by a flower spike crowned with small but interesting tubular flowers which are usually a mixture of pink and green and borne between winter and spring. By late spring the foliage will begin to go yellow and dry off which is a signal to reduce watering and allow the bulbs to go dormant for the summer. They do not want to be put under the staging as they need good light even when dormant. Potting is only necessary every two to three years when offsets can be detached and grown on separately. This, of course, takes place in September.