Slicing Scilla

Jane McGary
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:07:56 PDT
Pam asked
>Hi PBSers-
>I have a couple clumps of Scilla peruviana and having never sliced up the
>basal plate before, thought I'd ask the experts. Do I soak it first? Is
>there any trick to it other than slicing through the points of attachment
>with a sharp, sterile knife?

I don't think it matters much. This is a rapidly increasing plant 
that seems to survive almost any kind of handling. I just break off 
the outer bulbs without any special precautions and replant them soon.

Although regarded with suspicion as a weedy species in climates 
warmer than mine (e.g. California), Scilla peruviana (I forget the 
split name assigned to it by Speta) is a good garden plant here in 
Oregon, tolerant of the long wet season (it can be seen in roadside 
ditches in nature) and useful as a cut flower.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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