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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Scilla - Squill

Blaustern (Scilla)

The Scilla, sometimes known as the Siberian squill, with its impossibly blue tones and also, sometimes, white-coloured flowers, should be in every garden.

   
 
Alpine Squill

Scilla bifolia

£4.90 *

Alpine Squill 'Alba'

Scilla bifolia 'Alba'

£4.90 *

Alpine Squill 'Rosea'

Scilla bifolia 'Rosea'

£5.40 *

Misczenko Squill

Scilla mischtschenkoana

£3.90 *

Siberian Squill

Scilla siberica

£3.70 *

Siberian Squill 'Alba'

Scilla siberica 'Alba'

£4.90 *

   
 

More useful information about Scilla - Squill

The small plants from the family of asparagus plants (Asparagaceae) provide much needed friendly blooms in dark February days, offering a cheerful display when planted in beds. Once the flower bulbs are set correctly in the ground, these colourful blue wonders are true self-runners in terms of their expansion into a bright blue, pink or even snow white carpet of flowers, which will form in the garden after a few years. The bulbs should be placed into the garden soil immediately after purchase because the delicate flower bulbs are known to dry out in a short time and thus become unusable. Anyone who has not planted these bulbs in their own garden would certainly recognise these hardy plants from a nearby park, where they are particularly beautiful after they have already been wild for several decades. These flowers not only offer enchanting splashes of colour in beds, but many gardening enthusiasts like to plant them in mossy lawns where no grass has been growing for a long time. The mass increase of the blue flowers is then completed after a few years and then a beautiful floral carpet for spring will cover the unsightly lawn.

The Siberian squill delights with downwards-hanging, bell-shaped flowers, which have a darker central stripe. Scilla biflora 'Rosea' blooms pink. Towards the centre, the flowers rejuvenate in an almost pure white colour. Scilla biflora 'Alba' even blooms through in pure white. The normal biflora blooms in blue-violet and carries up to twelve flowers per flower cluster. A classic for the garden is 'Alba' with its delicate, almost porcelain-like flowers. Finally, Scilla mischtschenkoana blooms in a beautiful silvery-grey shimmering blue tone.

Blaustern (Scilla)
 

Maintaining Scilla

These blooms are as undemanding as most other spring flowers. Once properly grown, they become domesticated very quickly, do not require any additional fertiliser and just want to be left alone. In case of lack of water during prolonged periods of drought, however, it is necessary to reach for the watering can. If the lawn has been converted into a natural flower meadow, you should wait to mow until the leaves of these flowers have completely withered in the summer. These winter hardy perennials are hardly bothered by freezing temperatures. However, if strong and prolonged permafrost is in sight, a protective covering of straw or autumn foliage may be beneficial.

Colours and Peculiarities of the Different Varieties

Name

Height

Flowers

Details

Scilla siberica

approx. 10 - 20 cm

Bright blue / February to April

Downwards-hanging, bell-shaped flowers with darker central stripe

Scilla bifolia 'Rosea'

8 - 10 cm

Pale pink / March to April

Two-leaved squill, star-shaped flowers, white towards the centre

Scilla bifolia

8 - 10 cm

Purple / March to April

Two-leaved squill, up to 12 flowers arranged in a cluster

Scilla siberica 'Alba'

10 - 20 cm

White / mid-March to mid-May

Very petite, almost fragile flowers

Scilla mischtschenkoana

10 - 15 cm

Silvery light blue / March to April

Beautiful, star-shaped flowers with darker stripes

Scilla bifolia 'Alba'

5 - 10 cm

White / February to March

Two-leaved

Location and Soil Conditions

These flower bulbs thrive on all soils, provided that they are loose and thus allow a smooth flow of water. The growth of the blooms in the spring, however, will increase noticeably with more humus content, so it is worth adding good compost to the garden soil (especially in heavy soil) at the future location of these flowers before the bulb is planted. Otherwise, the flower bulbs of Siberian squill now only need a spot in the sun. If necessary, they also will do fairly well in a location with the slight shade of a protective hedge or from older fruit trees. When the bulbs are planted in autumn, the optimal planting time for these and most other early bloomers, the soil must not be too wet. Normally, the planting hole for the tubers should be dug between five and eight centimetres deep in moderately moist ground. If the soil is dripping wet, it is dug a bit deeper and wider and first, a little coarse-grained sand or rotted compost is filled in as drainage. The lateral distance of the flower bulbs should be about ten centimetres. A particularly attractive pre-spring planting for stone and heath gardens would be a somewhat larger ensemble of mischtschenkoana, which flourishes early in February together with crocuses, snowdrops and winter aconite. Squill is also suitable for pots, as it is beautifully decorative in the house or on the terrace. However, it must neither be too warm nor too dry and placed in a sunlight-flooded place.

Propagation of Scilla

If these flowers are to be propagated, the plant's own seeds, which are formed immediately after flowering, can be used since these perennial plants reproduce themselves this way and gradually grow vigorously. You do not have to put the seeds in pots, but in the late summer you can start sowing directly in the soil outside. Propagation is much less costly if one uses the daughter bulbs, which form at the tubers starting in the second year. The most reliable way to get the complete plants is with a digger fork. After careful removal of the small bulbs, the plants can be moved to another location or planted again in the same place.

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