How to plant ornithogalums nutans

Also known as drooping Stars of Bethlehem, ornithogalums nutans are a wonderful heirloom variety dating back to the fifteen hundreds producing satin white, nodding, fragrant flowers with green markings, sprinkled along strong stems. Inexpensive and easy to grow, these delightful spring bulbs will happily naturalise in the border, woodland garden or wildflower meadow. Try mixing with anemones, leucojums, muscaris, narcissi and scillas.

Plant around 10 to 15 cm deep and approximately 10 cm apart in full sun to partial shade, preferably in moderately fertile, well-drained soil ⁠— allowing for around 50 to 75 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. Feel free to remove the leaves once they turn dry and straw-like and provide a layer of organic matter in late summer.

Always unpack and plant on arrival.

Potential problems, pests and diseases:

Ornithogalums do not usually suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems. However, slugs and snails can be an issue as they enjoy eating their foliage. To avoid this, provide protection.

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