Growing Autumn-Flowering Bulbs: Sternbergia

Sternbergia lutes is an attractive autumn-flowering bulb growing to about 4 to 6 in. in height and producing large, rich golden-yellow blooms in October. It is most effective planted on grassy banks and slopes as well as in the rock garden and borders. If left undisturbed for a long period — it will need a year to become established — it forms large clumps, the brilliance of the flowers contrasting beautifully with the green of the strap-shaped leaves.

The bulbs should be planted in a sunny, well-drained situation in July and covered with 4 to 6 in. of soil. Rooting starts in August and late planting can endanger proper flowering. Dry litter placed over the bulbs during the winter will prevent frost damage. They may also be grown in pots or bowls to flower a few weeks after planting.

Sternbergia

08. July 2011 by admin
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