Fritillaria imperialis 'Early Fantasy'

There is something truly marvellous about these statuesque fritillaries, which grow well in dappled shade and last for decades. More
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There is something truly marvellous about these statuesque fritillaries, which grow well in dappled shade and last for decades. I fell on this one last year for its early flowering.

Genus Fritillaria
Variety Early Fantasy
Type Hardy Perennial
Common Name Crown Imperial
Border Position Container, Middle
Bulb Size 15
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing Plant the bulbs with the point facing upwards, 20cm deep approx 20-30cm apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting September - October
Care Tips Water regularly and thoroughly throughout the growing season, but not when dormant. Once the leaves die back , cut the stems back to just above the ground level. In the autumn cover with a mulch, which should be removed and replaced with a top-dressing of compost in the spring. Protect new growth from slugs and snails. Potted Fritillaria can be kept in the pots and allowed to flower for their first season. Either sink the pots directly into the border or place into a larger container. Once they have finished flowering, feed with comfrey tonic and leave them to die back naturally in the pots, this will help bulk up the bulbs for next year. When the bulbs have completely died back, lift them and plant out into their permanent garden position making sure they have good drainage. Alternatively you can plant out the pot grown Fritillaria from February to May before they flower. A root system will have established, so take care when transplanting into position and be sure the planting depth matches that of the pot.
Flowering March - April
Vase Life I love these mixed with tulips, their only downside is their faint foxy smell but I hardly notice it.
Harvesting Flowers in March and April
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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