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It was flowering when I bought it but for the last two years I have not been able to get it to flower. What should I be doing? Thank you. Dawn

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  • Posted: Mon. 18th October 2010 15:19

Re: Scilla Peruviana

Reply from Jo Clark

Hi Dawn,

As a bulb, this variety of scilla likes a warm, sunny well drained spot with the bulbs planted shallowly.

It may be that it is simply planted too deeply - 2'' - 3'' is about right for this variety, general rule of thumb is that the depth should be 1.5 - 2.5 times the height of the bulb. You can increase this (ie plant a bit deeper) generally if your soil is 'light and fluffy', you should decrease it if you garden on heavy soil.

Another tip for caring for bulbs is to let the foliage die back naturally after flowering, and only remove the foliage when it has yellowed. Bulbs get the majority of their nutrients for future flowering from the stores they build up inside the bulb, and they need their leaves to survive as long as possible to take maximum benefit from the light.

I would gently dig up your bulb, have a look and feel of it to make sure it is still firm (if it is soft, then it has rotted and will not revive). Also check to make sure that no pests have damaged the base plate (where the roots come out) as this can also hinder performance.

Then re-plant, adding perhaps a bit of grit and bone meal, and cross your fingers that you get a good display next year!

Good luck

thebulbgarden ltd

  • Posted: Tue. 19th October 2010 10:09

Re: Re: Scilla Peruviana

Reply from Nicola

Hi Jo, wonderful great answer! Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. Are you part of our wider social nework? e.g. facebook , twitter, linkedin? I'd love to find you:)

Cheers Nicola

  • Posted: Tue. 19th October 2010 10:21

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Reply from Jo Clark

Hi Nicola,

I have just started a small nursery, thebulbgarden, and so I take an interest in questions relating to bulbous plants.

I have registered with you for a business page but (uh-oh!) have managed to lose the login details during the very busy current phase of planting and start up.

I've also bought domain names and intend to do online sales un due course but am not there yet.

I do subscribe to your facebook updates, and am also on linkedin. If you want to contact me directly you will find my email address in my shoot profile.

Jo x

  • Posted: Tue. 19th October 2010 11:33

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Reply from Nicola

Thanks Jo! any chance you could also help Vicki here? Another bulb question:) can I save this bulb?

Thanks Nicola
p.s. if you need help with anything please write to us at Shoot@ShootGardening.co.uk and we'll try to help you reset your passwords etc.

  • Posted: Tue. 19th October 2010 11:48

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Reply from Jo Clark

Thanks Nicola, I will be in touch.

And I've responded to Vicki - thanks for passing the question on to me.


  • Posted: Tue. 19th October 2010 13:39