How to plant scillas litardierei

Scillas litardierei or amethyst meadow squills are lovely heirloom plants dating back to the late 1800s. Emerging from grass-like foliage, the flowering stems individually bear fifty to sixty blue star-shaped flowers above upright waxy leaves. Standing the test of time, these inexpensive and easy-to-grow bulbs are fantastic planted in the rockery or around deciduous shrubs at the edge of a garden border where they will create a striking light blue sea. Try mixing with anemones, fritillaries, leucojums, muscaris and tulips. Alternatively, grow in containers.

Plant around 10 cm deep in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in dappled shade to full sun ⁠— allowing for around 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.

Always unpack on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant. Take care! Scillas can be harmful to cats and dogs.

Potential problems, pests and diseases:

Scillas do not usually suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems. However, they may be affected by viruses. These can cause a number of problems ranging from the appearance of deformed leaves and flowers to colour patterns and streaking. It is advisable to lift and destroy any affected plant at first sight.

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