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Cyrtanthus breviflorus, commonly known as the Short-flowered Fire Lily, is a beautiful aquatic plant that thrives in pond environments. It features narrow, strap-like leaves and clusters of vibrant orange to red, tubular flowers. This plant adds a splash of color and elegance to your pond.

2. Sunlight Requirements: Short-flowered Fire Lily thrives in partial to full sun conditions. Ensure that your pond receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day for healthy growth and prolific flowering. While it can tolerate some shade, more sunlight typically leads to better blooming.

3. Water Depth: Plant Cyrtanthus breviflorus in water with a depth of 4 to 6 inches. This allows the plant to establish its roots in the substrate while remaining partially submerged. It is well-suited for the shallower edges of ponds.

4. Soil and Substrate: Choose a well-draining, sandy or loamy soil mix for planting the Short-flowered Fire Lily in your pond. Plant the bulbs directly into the substrate at the recommended water depth. Ensure good contact between the roots and soil.

5. Fertilization: Cyrtanthus breviflorus benefits from regular fertilization. Use a balanced aquatic plant fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer tabs designed for pond plants. Apply fertilizer in early spring and periodically throughout the growing season following package instructions.

6. Water Quality: Maintain good water quality in your pond. Regularly monitor and adjust the pH levels to keep them between 6.5 and 7.5. Ensure that your pond water is free from pollutants and toxins to promote healthy growth and flowering.

7. Pruning and Maintenance: The Short-flowered Fire Lily is relatively low-maintenance. Remove dead or spent flower stems as needed to encourage continuous blooming. Trim away yellowing or damaged foliage to maintain a tidy appearance.

8. Winter Care: In colder climates, Cyrtanthus breviflorus may benefit from being lifted and stored indoors during the winter months. This helps protect the bulbs from freezing temperatures. Store the bulbs in a cool, dry place until it's time to replant them in the spring.

9. Pests and Diseases: The Short-flowered Fire Lily is generally resistant to pests and diseases when grown in ponds. However, occasional inspection for pests like aphids or snails is a good practice. Treat any infestations promptly with appropriate pesticides if necessary.

10. Wildlife Attraction: The vibrant flowers of Cyrtanthus breviflorus can attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to your pond area. Additionally, the plant's foliage can provide shelter for small aquatic creatures and tadpoles.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Cyrtanthus breviflorus (Short-flowered Fire Lily) in your pond. This aquatic plant not only adds a burst of color to your pond but also enhances the overall aesthetics of your aquatic landscape with its elegant flowers.




  • These pond plants have a waiting period of 2-3 weeks before they will be available. This is due to the logistics and athe fuel price to get it from the farm to our facility in Gezina.
  • Regarding shipping -

Pick up – if you pic up, they will be sold as potted plant in a 15cm pot.

Shipping via courier – To protect the plants against damage during transport and save on freight costs, We will remove it out of the pot, clean and package them in individual bags.

Cyrtanthus breviflorus = Short-flowered Fire Lily

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