Scilla peruviana

Cynthia Mueller
Fri, 28 Mar 2003 13:29:19 PST
Recently flowering habits of Scilla peruviana and S. natalensis have been discussed.  S. peruviana would not go dormant in my College Station garden, even after several occasions of the temperature dipping down to 19F last winter.  By June, after there were no blooms but all the leaves were still green, I lifted the clumps, shook off adhering soil, and put them in a shallow cardboard boxtop on a closet shelf until late October, when they began to put on green shoots.

The largest clump is a "mini-blanket" of bulbs the size of a dinner plate, and has 9 spikes blooming now.   Because of the reputation S. peruviana has of skipping flowering seasons, I hardly know whether this closet shelf treatment helped, or was immaterial to success.  Does removing the bulb from relentless summer heat keep the flower embryos from aborting?

Cynthia Mueller
College Station, TX
Zone 8b-9

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