Scilla peruviana

Jack & Val Myrick via pbs
Mon, 28 Nov 2022 13:02:42 PST
I grow Scilla peruviana at 2000’ in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California.   Besides getting watered once a week, May through Oct., I pretty much neglect them.
Maybe because of this, their clumps seem to bloom each year.  However, they have seeded about resulting in lots of white ones instead of the original blue.  I’ve started
digging them out of unwanted places and potting them up for local plant sales and PBS.  I’m growing the very small ones on so they will be of a suitable small enough size
to send on to PBS.  Wish I had thought of doing this earlier.

> On Nov 28, 2022, at 10:47 AM, Brian Whyer via pbs <> wrote:
> In the UK (SE in my Case) This species bulb grows very easily and increases each year with just a couple of summer months when it is not visible. If left in the ground it forms a congested clump of numerous small bulbs after a few years and more or less stops flowering. If lifted and split up every couple of years you can get each group flowering regularly on the larger of the bulbs. Any winter frosts make it look a bit sad but it soon recovers before flowering. Are there ideal conditions that give more reliable flowering each year? What happens in the wild; does it form congested non flowering clumps or do much poorer soils and higher temperatures stop it from multiplying so much? Are we just too kind to it or is it our long drawn out periods of indifferent weather to blame?
> Brian, still no real frosts so far and very green again after a period of several weeks drought; weeds and moss replacing some of my lawn turf.
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