How to plant nectaroscordums
Nectaroscordums or Sicilian honey garlics/alliums siculum are distant cousins to the allium family bearing lovely bell-shaped, nodding greenish-white flowers with brown-red stripes elegantly dangling above a pretty garlic-scented foliage. As the bud burst open, the majestic pendula flowers turn and hang down before turning back upwards as they fade and die. Native to the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, these fabulous spring bulbs are perfect for the back and middle of the herbaceous/wild border where they can be planted between hardy perennials for added height and interest. Alternatively, they can be mixed with low-growing and tall grasses in a mixed prairie setting.
Plant around 15 to 20 cm deep in groups of 3 to 5 in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to dapple shade — allowing for around 20 to 40 bulbs per square meter. Feed every couple of weeks with high potash feed; if you garden organically liquid, seaweed is ideal as it is organic and comes from a sustainable source. Lift and divide congested clumps as needed to improve flower production, and transplant any bulblets. It will take them a few years to flower but the wait will be worth it!
Always unpack and plant on arrival. Take care! Nectaroscordums can be harmful to cats and dogs.
Potential problems, pests and diseases:
Nectaroscordums do not suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems.