Return to the Bulbs Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Scilla siberica not up all the way?

Posted by vvesper 7TN (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 24, 09 at 13:52

OK, this sounds sort of silly. I have scilla siberica that I planted fall 2007. In spring 2008, they didn't come up very far - maybe a couple inches high - and were blooming before the shoots even came out of the ground. I thought it was because it was their first year. This year, they're doing the same thing! I've got intense blue bells peeking out of the ground with no stems! Very odd, and not quite the effect I was going for. I did not mulch over them for the winter or anything, and I don't think they're planted any deeper than they should be (I usually go with 2-3 times the height of the bulb). Anyone know why this is or what to do about it? Thanks!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Scilla siberica not up all the way?

That is the growth habit of this bulb. BTW, they will spread easily and seed around, so if you don't like them, you may want to dig them and move them or give them away before they get a foothold. Personally, I think they are lovely plants for a shady woodsy garden....always one of the first to bloom in the Spring. They look particularly lovely with early Daffodils.

If you want a more upright plant, you may want to check into Scilla campanulata, although the blue is not as intense as Scilla siberica.


 o
RE: Scilla siberica not up all the way?

Scilla Siberica should eventually bloom on somewhat taller stalks for you - my ancient drifts of them seem to reach bloom stalks maybe 3-4 inches high and the leaves splay somewhat.

I'm in the camp of loving them since parts of the yard turn blue when the last of the snow goes. Drifts in the lawn just get mowed down with the first grass cutting of the season so I never think of them as an invasive little thug.

They reproduce pretty readily here in cold climates - and I think they might do a bit better in the cooler zones - each flower bell produces a green pod which contains many seeds. They fall and each turns into a little bulb which turns into a full fledged plant the next season. And being so small and so numerous, in shadier beds I simply plant right over them, etc.



 o
RE: Scilla siberica not up all the way?

Hmmm. I do love the color. I've never seen any flower such an intense blue. Spreading is ok - I will just plant annual seeds on top of them in summer, probably. Perhaps I'll wait a few years and see if they get any taller.... then I'll make a decision. They don't seem to have multiplied much or at all from last year, so maybe I have a couple years before that starts in! Thanks!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Bulbs Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here