Achimenes also known as ‘Hot Water Plants’, because it is thought that plunging the entire pot into hot water, (not boiling), promotes flowering. There are many varieties of Achimenes with flower colours ranging from white through to deepest red. Follow the advice and information below to ensure success
The Plant: 'Hot Water' plants have bright, vibrant flowers in midsummer on slender leafy stems. Fairly prostrate growth habit. (Not tall, but spreads horizontally). The Achimenes is dormant in the winter, so allow to dry off in Autumn and re-start in spring.
Its needs: Draught-free, but strong light, not too much direct sun. Free-draining soil, regular watering in growing season, with a little fertilizer fortnightly. Enjoys warmth and humidity. Do not allow to dry out - except for late autumn - ready for winter dormancy.!
Care: After flowering allow the Achimenes plant to die down. Once dry, the tubers (thick rubbery roots) can be split up and planted in spring. The tubers should be planted around 2-3cms (1in) deep in good potting compost. They will normally start to show signs of growth within a couple of weeks.