Ref Scilla Peruviana
Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:17:08 PST
Scilla peruviana grows with as much sun as you are able to give it to see blooming. About temperature frost can damage new growth, but my bulbs live where in winter temperature usually drop to - 10°C (14°F) and they survived when we had -20°C (-4°F).
Alberto Grossi

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Subject : Re: [pbs] Ref Scilla Peruviana

> >From: Jane McGary <>
> >Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
> >To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
> >Subject: Re: [pbs] Ref Scilla Peruviana
> >Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 09:33:01 -0800
> >
> >Bill Lee asked,
> >>About three years ago I bought a pot of Scilla Peruviana at the local 
> >>grocery
> >>store, in full bloom. When it was spent, I treated it like forced
> >>daffodils--let it dry, foliage fall and decompose, then knocked it out of 
> >>the pot and
> >>planted the bulb out. I put it in a shady protected spot near the house.
> >>
> >>Every year since it has thrown up foliage in the late fall, but never
> >>bloomed. I really expected it to be too tender for my Z5a-6a zone.
> >>
> >>Any advice on getting it to bloom? It should probably be getting more sun,
> >>shouldn't it?
> >
> >
> >I grow it outdoors too where the winter lows vary between 0 and 20 F, and I 
> >find that it flowers only after the warmer winters. Mine are in half shade 
> >on a raised bed but would be better in full sun. Perhaps cold winters 
> >freeze the buds as they form?
> >
> >Jane McGary
> >Northwestern Oregon, USA
> Scilla peruviana is among the very few bulbs that survive in a year round 
> rainfall region without rotting while dormant. As a matter of fact, it seems 
> to favour what can be called seasonal pools in the wild. The problem is that 
> it has perennial roots as a Lilium or an amaryllid hence lifting and drying 
> it in summer means an extra waste of energy required to replace the dried 
> off root system. And Jane yes cold kills the buds before they emerge. It is 
> an excellent garden plant in zones 9 to 10 and does not seem bothered by 
> slight frosts. It can also grow well in clay based soils.
> Regards
> Alberto
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