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Planting Instructions for Pardancanda (candy lily):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part sun
Soil:  Well-drained, average loam Moisture:  Average to dry, little extra moisture required
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" deep Spacing:  15 to 18"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root Pardancanda should be dry in the bags, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Pardancanda in a hot sunny spot in any good, well-drained soil. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so don't pack it in after planting.

Moisture:  Pardancanda do not require much moisture, even after they are actively growing, plus they are never very tolerant of wet conditions and may rot or develop fungal leaf spots. Plants that have no foliage should be started on the dry side. During that time we like to water lightly once and then we don't water again until the foliage has started to emerge, and even then there is usually enough natural moisture to keep them going without ever needing supplemental water.

Spacing:  Plant about 15 to 18" apart, less for a tighter clump

Depth:  Plant with the top of the rhizome, base of the stems about 1/2 to 1" inch below soil level. The rhizomes should not really be showing after planting but should not be too deep either. You can lightly mulch bare areas after planting for weed prevention.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Pardancanda are very adaptable to any loose, well-draining soil and will thrive in a good sandy loam. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once lightly. They prefer a dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once a week or so, if needed, as long as the soil isn't wet, but usually they do just fine without it.

Landscape Uses:  Pardancanda are crosses between Belamcanda and Pardanthopsis, producing a wide range of flower colors for the summer garden. They combine well with tall garden phlox, daylilies, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, baby's breath (Gypsophila), daisies, lilies, Salvia, Veronica, Sedum and ornamental grasses.

Candy lilies have the foliage of an iris and flowers like tiny daylilies. Each bloom lasts one day but is followed by many more over a long period of time. When the flowers are done they develop large seed pods that look like blackberries when they open. They will self seed rather easily producing many variable flower colors but the seedlings are easy to see and easy to transplant. Black spot can be a problem if the foliage stays wet, so place them in a spot that is hot and dry and consider a preventative fungicide spray to keep the foliage looking good. Keep an eye out for Iris borers as well and treat as needed with Sevin or Malathion.

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