📅 When to plant Scilla bulbs
Scilla bulbs are best planted in the fall, before the first frost sets in, typically between September and October. This timing allows the bulbs to establish their root systems during the cooler months, preparing them for a vibrant burst of blooms in the spring. They go into a dormant period during the winter for optimal growth in the spring.
📦 Storing your Scilla bulbs
If you cannot plant your Scilla bulbs immediately upon receiving them, it's crucial to store them properly. Keep the bulbs in a cool, dry location with good air circulation, such as a paper bag or a well-ventilated container. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, or moisture during storage. Check the bulbs regularly to ensure they remain firm and healthy until planting time.
🌿 Preparing your garden for planting Scilla bulbs
Choose a location in your garden that receives partial to full sunlight and has well-draining soil. Scilla bulbs prefer soil that is rich in organic matter, so consider adding compost to the planting area. Clear the area of any weeds or debris, ensuring the bulbs have ample space to grow and flourish.
🌱 How to plant your Scilla bulbs
When planting Scilla bulbs, dig holes that are approximately two to three times the depth of the bulb and space them a few inches apart. Place the bulbs with the pointed end facing upward, and gently cover them with soil. Water the area thoroughly after planting to encourage the initial root growth.
💧 Watering & caring tips
Scilla bulbs are relatively low-maintenance, but proper watering is essential for their growth. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. During dry spells, water the bulbs regularly to support their development. However, avoid overwatering, as excessive moisture can lead to rot.
🌸 How to keep your Scillas blooming
After the spectacular blooming period, it's essential to deadhead the flowers by removing faded blooms. This practice encourages the bulb to conserve energy and prepares it for the next blooming season. Allow the foliage to naturally wither and turn yellow before trimming it back, as this process helps the bulb store energy for the following year's growth.