2-3 Litre Pot
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist but well drained
- Growth rate: Average
- Flowering period: May – June
- Hardiness: H5
- Eventual height: 0.1 – 0.5m
- Eventual spread: 0.1 – 0.5m
Arum Creticum, also known as ‘Cretan Arum’, is a beautiful and unique perennial plant that is native to the island of Crete in Greece. It is a member of the Araceae family and is closely related to the well-known Calla Lily. The plant has a distinctive, large and glossy leaves that can grow up to 40 centimetres long and 20 centimetres wide. The leaves are dark green in colour .
In late Spring to early Summer it produces a large, upright spike that can reach up to 60 centimetres tall. The spike is topped with a showy inflorescence that comprises of a large central spike, surrounded by a hood-like spathe. The spathe is green, while the central spike is made up of many small, creamy-white flowers.
It is a hardy plant that can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions and is ideal for growing in shady or partially shady areas of the garden, although it can also tolerate some sun. The plant prefers moist, well-drained soils and can be grown in a variety of soil types. It is also tolerant of drought once established.
Arum Creticum is a great addition to any garden, it’s large glossy leaves and striking inflorescence make a bold statement in any garden bed or border. It can also be grown in containers, making it a great option for patios and decks.
Caring for your Arum Creticum
- Planting: Prefers a spot in partial to full shade, it can tolerate some sun but too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to wilt and the inflorescence to fade. It prefers moist, well-drained soils, and can be grown in a variety of soil types. When planting, make sure to space the bulbs about 20-30 centimetres apart to give them enough room to grow.
- Watering: It prefers consistent moisture during the growing season, but once established it can tolerate some drought. Water the plant regularly, especially during dry spells. Avoid over-watering, as this can lead to rot.
- Fertilising: It is not particularly demanding when it comes to fertilisation, a slow-release fertiliser or compost can be added to the soil during planting. Alternatively, a liquid fertiliser can be applied to the soil every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
- Deadheading: To encourage reblooming, it is important to remove the spent flowers as soon as they begin to fade. This can be done by snipping the stem just below the inflorescence.
- Winter care: It is hardy and can tolerate frost. However, to ensure the best growth in the following season, it is recommended to mulch the soil around the plant with a layer of straw or leaves to protect it from harsh winter weather.
By following these care tips, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful, unique and striking inflorescence of the Arum Creticum for years to come.