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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Winter Aconite

Winterlinge kaufen Frühlingsblüher LuberaBuying Winter Aconite bulbs and planting them in autumn will make you happy in the new year. Because Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is lovely in any garden.

   
 
Winter Aconite

Eranthis cilicica

£2.80 *

Winter Aconite

Eranthis hyemalis

£2.80 *

   
 

More useful information about Winter Aconite

As early as January and in February, they push through the snow-covered garden floor to score points with their owners with their magically radiant flower heads and bewitchingly fresh scent.

Although Winter Aconite has not quite reached the popularity of other, much better-known flower bulbs, they will delight you with their yellow-bright colours. If you buy Winter Aconite, the grey dreariness on a plot at the beginning of the year will be over, and the bees will be delighted with your idea. One of the most striking features of the Eranthis hyemalis is that they are easy to care for too!

 

Which Variety Of Winter Aconite Should I Buy?

The best-known species worldwide today can be counted on two hands, and of course, we have selected exactly the varieties that thrive in the best of our climatic conditions and in full glory, and which come exclusively from horticultural cultures. But where is the original home of these evocative plant and how do these plants our cope with our climate? Their genus name Eranthis derives from the two Greek words 'he' (for spring) and 'anthos', (which stands for bloom). The first time that the bright yellow early flowering plants were mentioned was in 1807 in the descriptions of the well-known British botanist Richard Anthony Salisbury, at a time when the main distribution area of ​​this plant genus was still mainly in the Eurasian countries.

For successful cultivation in our latitudes, two varieties have qualified as particularly suitable. On the one hand, there are the yellow-flowered 'Eranthis cilicica', originally from Turkey. They convince with fine, almost feathery leaves, which form on the graceful red-coloured stems and become a real eye-catcher in a garden due to their initially reddish-brown bronze tone. Another strain that is particularly popular due to its brisk urge to spread is the easy-to-maintain 'Eranthis hyemalis', another species that thrives in strong yellows, and scores with its excellent adaptability to slightly inferior soil conditions. Some of these plants grow colony-like in native forests as wild plants, you can see them on vineyards and even in public parks, but: They are in nature under protection, so that a take away as a free garden souvenir is prohibited even in the smallest amounts and you should, therefore, buy your Eranthis bulbs and not dig them out from somewhere.

Which Soil Conditions Are Ideal?

Winterlinge kaufen Frühlingsblüher LuberaTo prepare the garden site for the cultivation of these small flowers, which grow from fleshy rhizomes, will succeed best if the soil has previously been thoroughly loosened up and is rich in the most important plant nutrients. Otherwise, the area around the planting hole can quickly be revitalised with an extra portion of the compost. Even better, if the soil is a bit clayey, contains some lime, the rhizomes can be planted into the soil in a location as sheltered as possible from the wind. A place that has a few hours a day in the light and shade of older deciduous shrubs, would be suitable, for example, a slightly higher hazelnut shrub. As with other late-spreading woody plants, these should get enough light and heat during their flowering period, while in the summer months in the protective shade of the trees, so that they can recover from the exhausting vegetation phase.

When Is The Best Time To Buy And Plant?

Since early flowering plants end their hibernation already at the end of January to the beginning of February, we recommend an early planting date for Eranthis hyemalis, which if possible should lie between September and November. If there is no suitable storage facility for the rhizomes, where they can be kept cool, protected from light and without drying, it is advisable to buy them only four to eight weeks before the planned planting. It must also be considered with these attractive spring bloomers, however, that these are toxic plants whose toxins can quickly become dangerous especially for children and the elderly.

At the time of planting - preferably on a still-warm autumn day - the soil should be well moistened and under no circumstances too dry. A drainage down around the planting hole must be taken into account as well as the exclusion of any waterlogging near the root area. For the planting depth, there is an easy to remember rule that is applicable in principle not only for the onset of Ernathis hyemalis but for all flower bulbs in the field: They should be  placed so far into the ground, that their tip is about as deep as twice the amount of onions in the earth (maximum 3 to 5 cm). For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned that the top has to point upwards. Somewhat different from this, planting Eranthis hyemalis in pots or flower boxes should be just so deep that the tips of the rhizomes barely look out of the potting soil. Before they are put into the ground, an approximately 24-hour, lukewarm water bath for the rhizomes has proven to be beneficial, as they then grow faster.

Caring For Your Plant

If the site conditions are right, these little early spring messengers usually do not need any care at all. With the end of the flowering season, which is a true joy for bees and bumblebees, one or two tender leaves form on the plants, which, however, retire again in April. In addition to all conceivable beds in the garden, the plants are therefore also excellent for planting in not too dense lawns. The yellow early spring messengers make a fine display when used on woody edges or on pond shores. In addition to the snowdrops, the best neighbours include white crocuses or snowflakes, as well as shade grasses and scilla. Guaranteed 'pretty best friends', both varieties are in partnership with each other, which extends the vernal flowering landscapes in the garden even in time. In fact, 'Eranthis cilicica' grows not only 10 to 15 cm in size, but also blooms 14 days later than its 'Eranthis hyemalis', which conjures up a very unique contrast in different yellow shades on your beds. Therefore, please do not dig in the vicinity of your Winterling.

Multiply Instead Of Buying More Eranthis hyemalis ?

These lovely flowers multiply at an early age and turn their surroundings into a magical carpet of flowers. This is done by the formation of rhizomes or can be done by the much more efficient method of self-sowing. And finally, there is also the more brutal method of propagation, by simply dividing the root area into a spade with a courageous grip. With this variant of the reestablishment of your plants, they can begin during the flowering period or if the plants begin to withdraw into the soil starting in April.

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