If you investigate acis via a search engine you will find plenty about pubs, german shepherds and sea nymphs, lots about estate agents and financial institutions but nothing about plants.
|Every garden should have some|
If you try Acis autumnalis you will fair rather better and find this slightly trendy exquisite late Summer/Autumn bulb. Every plant connoisseur should have one.
|It appreciates my gravel garden|
I do not remember where I first got my own. Probably a green plant from an alpine nursery. I now have hundreds as they bulk up very easily. Just as well as the going rate for the sturdy small bulbs is in the region of two pounds each! Peter Williams who provides most of today’s pictures spotted some at very much more!
|Actually not green, the stems and leaves are rather more brown|
I suspect that they move best as a green plant or bulbs straight out of the ground. If you do buy dry bulbs get them fresh and immediately plant them - whenever this may be. If a friend forks out a few for you - at any time of the year - plant them as soon as you get home.
Apart from teasing apart small clusters of bulbs to divide them they set seed freely. I have not found them to self sow but if ripe seed is collected and sown in a pot straight away they are very easy. Sown seed is probably best overwintered in an unheated greenhouse and I suspect like most hardy Spring bulbs they require the Winter's cold before they germinate. Peter reports that his acis flowered in their second year from seed.
Peter's pictures below show how he divided his own acis this Summer
|Peter has elected to dig out a complete clump|
|Rather a large lump!|
|What lovely fat bulbs|
|Tough little plants enjoy the wet weather|
Where to buy acis seed
My previous efforts on bulbs and corms
There are three posts on cyclamen and three on daffodils linked to by clicking them in the theme column
Also you will find indoor bulbs (amaryllis and clivia)