Previously I lived in Sweden for nearly 20 years and my quest there was to hybridize auriculas to produce ever better plants suitable for the harsh Swedish climate. Whilst living there I also created and run Sweden’s Auricula Club. I've now returned to England to continue growing auriculas together with my daughter-in-law, Iris. Iris is also an enthusiastic & skilful Iris grower; many of her wonderful Irises can be seen on this blog.
20 Apr 2012
Minley in one of my Auricula borders.
Minley in bud 19th April 2012
I have many of my auriculas growing in borders in my garden; they do very well there despite winter temperatures of below minus 20°C. The important thing is to have very well drained soil; I mix in 15% to 20% perlite with ordinary planting soil (5 bags for 100 SEK), an upraised bed is even better. My borders are placed in sun to half shade; those placed in cool half shade bloom the longest. All those I grow in pots are placed in half shade to full shade, this is to avoid the roots being cooked in the pots and also again they bloom for a longer period.
I personally prefer to grow them in pots so I can get up close to them; it’s easier to admire their beautiful flowers and smell their delightful scent.