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Scilla peruviana

Regular price£20.00

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Plant Bio

Scilla peruviana is part of the Asparagaceae family and its native range is Western and Central Mediterranean where it grows as bulbous geophyte, primarily in the subtropical biome. Scilla peruviana is a stout, bulbous plant which produces dense cone-shaped heads of gentian-blue flowers year on year between May and June. It is considered fully hardy to the UK weather so you could also grow this plant outside. 

Genus name means squill; thought to come from Scilla maritima (sea onion). Originally named Hyacinthus stellatus peruanus by Carolus Clusius a 16th Century botanist who mistook the bulbs arriving on a ship called ‘Peru’ for being the country of origin; although I have been unable to find information out about the ship. The California Horticultural Society published an article about the origins of this plant name in 2019. Scilla peruviana experience a winter dormancy but will return the following year.


Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.  A south- or west-facing window is usually ideal. 

Water: Water when the potting mix is halfway dry during spring and summer; reduce watering when flowering has finished, water sparingly in winter.

Potting mix: A gritty well draining mix; recommendations online suggest two parts John Innes No.2, one part leaf mould and one part grit or using a cactus and succulent mix.

Fertilising: during the growing season. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.

Temperature: 15-24˚C. If you keep this plant outside, I would recommend overwintering in a cold frame. 

Humidity: Moderate humidity, 40-50%.

Scilla are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.

Delivery & Returns

​General

Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected.  We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.

Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.

​Shipping & Delivery

We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.

We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.

We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer. 

Returns

We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt.  We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.

If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.

To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.

We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.

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Caring for your new leafy green friends

Dry Out

Dry Out

Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.

Watering

Watering

Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.

Light

Light

I need light to survive. Please give me light!

Cold Spots

Cold Spots

I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.

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