Drifts of fragrant, nodding blue bells are one of the most enduring sights of spring in English woods. These seeds were collected from the wild plants on Devon banks surrounding our gardens.
For best results, simply broadcast the seeds where they are to flower. Bulbs big enough to flower will appear after a couple of years. Alternatively sow seeds onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and although germination can be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C, we sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination as many seeds wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. Spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth.
Common name:Hyacinthoides non-scripta, Scilla non-scripta