Dating back to the late 1700-1800s, scillas siberica or Siberian squills are lovely heirloom plants producing two to four stems per bulbs, individually bearing two to four downward facing star-shaped flowers complimented by slender, glossy foliage. Inexpensive and easy to grow, these fantastic bulbs are especially striking planted close to deciduous shrubs in the woodland or meadow garden where their deep blue/white sea of flowers can be admired. They also look fabulous planted with miniature narcissi or mixed in grass with chionodoxas.
Plant around 10 cm deep in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in dappled shade to light 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 siberica 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.