How to plant brodiaeas (triteleias)

Inexpensive, easy to grow and long-lasting, triteleias truly deserve to be more widely grown.

Providing your garden with years of colours from late spring to early summer, triteleias or brodiaeas have a striking yet delicate appearance. Appearing from grass-like foliage, the thin and wiry stems of these pretty perennial plants are adorned with twelve to twenty tubular to star-shaped flowers. Almost resembling dward agaphantus, they look especially fabulous drifting through hardy perennial plants like alchemillas, lower growing perennials and low growing grasses. Plant them near a south facing wall, in the open garden or rockery where they will offer you weeks of colours and will provide you with excellent cut flowers.

Triteleia corms require to be planted in a well-drained, light and fertile sandy soil that does not get waterlogged. Plant them around 8 to 10 cm deep and approximatively 5 to 8 cm apart, allowing for 50 to 75 corms per square meter. In frost-prone areas, provide them with a good winter mulch.

Triteleias will naturalise easily, simply lift and divide congested clumps every few years to improve flower production.

Always unpack bulbs on arrival and store in a cool place until ready to plant.

Potential problems, pests and diseases:

Triteleias do not usually suffer from any serious diseases or pest problems.

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