How to Grow Puschkinia
Puschkinia, also known as Striped Squill, are little pocket rockets that are especially suited to brightening up a rock garden or areas underneath deciduous trees. These charming little blue and white flowers are extremely hardy and will grow pretty much anywhere, as long as there is decent drainage. A very good naturaliser, Puschkinia is an all-round performer and worthy of a place in any garden or landscape.
Planting Puschkinia (Striped Squill) bulbs:
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to planting Puschkinia bulbs:
- Puschkinia bulbs are planted In Autumn, before the ground freezes. Pick a spot with good drainage. Striped Squill are well suited to a shady location beneath deciduous trees.
- Dig a hole around 6-8cm deep (follow the general rule of thumb when planting bulbs and give the bulbs at least 2 times their height of soil above them), drop the bulb in, and cover with soil. Make sure you place the bulb the right way up - Puschkinia bulbs look like a miniature onion with a slightly pointy head and sometimes have wiry roots growing out of the underside - plant with the pointy head / spike pointing up.
- Leave approximately 12cm between each bulb. If you are planting in containers, you can space them a little closer together.
- After planting, water well so that the soil above the bulbs settles.
- Striped Squill bulbs will flower in Spring. After the flowers die down, allow the plant to enjoy a rest period - there is no need to water much during this period. Leaves will also die back and at this point you can choose to tidy up the plant and remove the old leaves or just let nature take its course.