Ornithogalums ponticum 'Sochi' or Stars of Bethlehem are magical and rare clump-forming plants producing long thin leaves that will gradually fade as masses of glistening star-shaped flowers start appearing from the base of the bud and along the long spires from mid-May onwards. Perfect planted in the middle or front of a warm sunny border, rockery or woodland garden, they will reward you for years to come with their beautiful, long-lasting blooms. Try mixing with alliums, camassias, dicentras, geraniums and ranunculi. They make long lasting cut flowers.
Plant around 10 to 15 cm deep and approximately 15 cm apart in full sun, preferably in moderately fertile, well-drained soil — allowing for around 30 to 50 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.
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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.