SQUILL, STAR HYACINTH Scilla amoena
A spring blooming perennial that cannot be given enough praise! Blue-violet flowers emerge, almost glowing, in the early spring garden. The plants will self- seed and form drifts of color! An excellent plant under deciduous trees.
Type: Hardy Perennial
Height: 10 - 20 cm
Location: Sun or part sun
Hardiness zones: 3-8
Note: These seeds and or plants are toxic if eaten.
Seeds per pack: 3
Germination: As with many perennials, these seeds can benefit from a period of moist cold to help them break dormancy. This is done by giving them a cold 'winter' period (artificial or natural), and then a warming to simulate 'spring', and time to grow! Here's how this can be done:
Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds on the surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container in a cold area (but not freezing, perhaps a refrigerator) for 4-6 weeks. Once the cold period is completed, place the container at room temperature for them to germinate. Be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout a few weeks, or occasionally several months, after the warming period.
Alternatively, these seeds can also be planted outdoors in fall, winter, or early spring, while temperatures are still cold (but ground is workable) to germinate naturally in spring. Be sure to mark the area where you planted them, and that the soil is consistently moist.