Bessera elegans

Perfect, Fabergé-style flowers, each one lasting for weeks on the stem. One of my favourite outside table centrepiece pot plants of all time. More
30 corms 209155-30 £12.50

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Perfect, Fabergé-style flowers, each one lasting for weeks on the stem. One of my favourite outside table centrepiece pot plants of all time.

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Genus Bessera
Group/Species elegans
Type Tender Perennial
Common Name Coral Drops
Border Position Container Garden
Bulb Size 5
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 10cm (4in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant 6cm deep as soon as the soil has warmed up a bit, in early May in well drained soil or pot. Ideal for Conservatories and glasshouses.
Care Tips Water moderately in full growth and keep dry once the leaves die down. Keep dormant corms dry in winter
Flowering August - October
Vase Life Sear stem ends for 10 seconds in boiling water to maximise vase life
Storing Lift when foliage dies back & discard old corms. Store new corms in a dry frost-free place . In milder areas, leave in ground with a thick dry winter mulch
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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Bessera elegans reviews

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Reviewed 29th September 2019 by Amanda

These tubers looked ok but failed to produceanything. lets hope that next year they might suddenly appear when least expecting them.

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Reviewed 7th August 2019 by Maureen

Good crop of long cylindrical leaves but no flowers yet

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Wayne

One pot rotted away, the others have grown but all blind.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Frances

Very slow to do anything and now just looks like grass

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Steve

Very disappointed, all have grown but have only produced foliage, unless of course they are biennial which I don’t think they are. All bulbs were planted in the correct medium.

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Reviewed 24th November 2018 by Nicole

Not all perform well this year.


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Reviewed 26th October 2018 by Noni

Planted in pots. Did nothing for a long time, and leaves are slug prone... nearly lost them sitting outside; but now after a month in the greenhouse they have produced the first flower and loads of buds. As stunning as promised.

Bessera elegans

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Reviewed 7th October 2018 by Sally Morris

Bought some of these in the sale, so planted up later probably than usual. They took a while to appear but are now in flower ( October). Amazing! Stunning colour and composition of the flower-Jewel like. Would definately buy more if these!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by James

Don't know what happened but no show up to now.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Bessera and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by THERESA

See above comments for acidanthera

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Anna

Again very disappointing. Planted the corms in a bowl. Left them in conservatory for a few weeks and then moved them out to patio when risk of frosts over. A few green spikes appeared here and there but no flowers.