Scilla bifolia

Scilla bifolia

If you like to have herbaceous plants in the garden because they do not require much care and their maintenance is quick, you have to know the Scilla bifolia. It is a plant very present in Italy, but also in central Europe and part of Asia.

Do you want to know what it is like? And what care will it need? Then take a look at the guide we have prepared for you on this plant. Shall we start?

What is Scilla bifolia like?

Scilla bifolia plants

Scilla bifolia is also known by another name as scylla. It is a herbaceous plant whose natural habitat is in the forested areas of Italy, France, central Europe and even Asia. In the case of Spain it can be found in the Pyrenees area.

It is characterized by being a bulbous plant with several different species. As to Its bulbs are almost round. The plant is capable of grow up to 30 centimeters tall and has bright green linear leaves. During its flowering season, which occurs from September to October, the flowers emerge in clusters offering you flowers in groups of about 26, bluish in color.

What you should keep in mind is that this plant is toxic throughout, from the stem to the leaves and flowers, and if you touch it with your bare hands you will most likely notice that it irritates your skin. Even so, it is widely used as a decoration in gardens.

Scilla bifolia care

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Now that you know a little about Scilla bifolia, it is time to talk to you about maintenance. As we have told you before, you must keep in mind that it is a toxic plant, so if you have animals at home that are usually in the garden and "doing their thing", it is not the plant that you should have within reach. Leaving that aside, the care you will need is the following:

Lighting and temperature

As a good herbaceous and wild plant that it is, the best place you should have it is outdoors. You can have it in a pot or in the ground. It Normally it is used for rockeries or to form borders, but you can use it as you like best.

Of course, although it must be outside, we do not recommend that put it in full sun. It is best to have half a shade, so that you have part of the hours in the sun and another part (especially when the heat hits the most), in the shade. It is also not appropriate to plant it in an area where there may be frost, because that will cause the plant to wither and the bulb to go dormant until the following spring.

Regarding the temperature, tolerates high temperatures well but, as we told you before, the losses are not so much. Even so, it does not die completely, it will only lose its stem and leaves and the bulb will remain dormant until the temperatures rise again.

Substratum

The most suitable soil for Scilla bifolia is a mixture of coarse sand, universal soil and some compost. If you also add perlite or similar, it will thank you since you will prevent water accumulations that could damage the roots or the bulb itself.

If you have it in a pot, the normal thing is that you change the soil annually, especially if you dig up the bulbs after flowering to store them in a dry place. If not, we recommend that you change it every two or three years to guarantee that you will have good flowering.

As for the pot, it is not a plant that develops many roots, quite the opposite, so it does not need to be very deep or large. A medium should be enough. Everything will depend on the number of bulbs you have in each pot.

Irrigation

Regarding irrigation, Scilla bifolia is a plant that resists drought very well. However, During spring and summer, if you want to have good flowering, you should water it regularly. Of course, wait for the soil to dry completely before doing it again.

Once it blooms, many stop watering it to prepare it for winter, causing the bulb to go dormant and during those months it should not be watered.

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Despite being a herbaceous and wild plant, Scilla bifolia does appreciate a fertilizer. But not a monthly or biweekly one. In early spring you can put a layer of compost or manure on top. (or if you plant the bulbs).

This will help provide it with energy to develop faster and also for greater flower production in its flowering stage.

Adding liquid fertilizer with the irrigation water is not necessary, but we are not going to tell you not to appreciate it because that is not the case. In fact, it can be good for it to flower.

Plagues and diseases

Pests and diseases in the case of Scilla bifolia are usually not a problem. In fact, you won't have to worry about pests because they don't really affect you. Regarding diseases, you are going to have the biggest problems with irrigation. If you overdo it, you can rot the bulb and roots and be left without the plant. If it also has offspring, these can also die since they are weaker than the mother plant.

Multiplication

As Scilla bifolia is a bulbous plant, the best way to propagate it is, without a doubt, waiting for offspring to develop (small bulbs) around the mother plant. If you are one of those who dig up the bulb in the fall, you can look at them and cut them (make sure it is a clean cut) to let everything heal before planting them again.

Each bulb can produce an indeterminate number of suckers but keep in mind that these do not last forever. After a few years the bulb will wear out and that will make it no longer useful. Hence, it is important to give it good care to reproduce it.

Do you dare to have a Scilla bifolia in your garden?


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