Growing Welsh Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in Texas

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  1. chris1948

    chris1948 Seedling

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    Good morning, a Facebook friend of mine sent me some of these seeds in a seed swap. I've been doing some reading on growing them from seed and I'm going to give it a try. She had sent me a photo and they're the dark blue flowered ones so I'm pretty sure they're not the 'Spanish Bluebells'. My plan is to start them in some 1gal nursery pots I have inside the greenhouse and once germinated leave them in the pots but move outside to a large tree that provides lots of shade during the spring and summer through the fall. The only problem I foresee is the hot, dry Texas summer. One question I do have though is - in the wild these self-seed. When I put them in the pots do I leave the seeds on top or do I cover lightly? Hopefully if I can get these to germinate and then survive the 2 or 3yrs it takes them to produce bulbs and flower I'll still be around to enjoy them.
     
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    Hyacinthoides nonscripta (English Bluebells)
    Officially they are English Bluebells, native area is western Europe which will include the U.K. and Wales.

    They basically need either full sun to part shade, in north Texas I would opt for more shade. As long as the soil is well draining they should be fine, but if your soil is like mine a few miles south of you it is black clay and you will need to amend it with compost to make it more welcoming to them. Since they do self seed when left on their own, I would guess that just sprinkling them on the soil surface would suffice. If you have the Spanish Bluebells, make sure they are kept far apart as the English Bluebells will readily cross with them and produce a different form.
     
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    Thanks Toni, it sure looks like and English countryside outside today with nothing but fog all over. I'll have to see how many seeds she sent and maybe try some in a pot or two and some others just sprinkle around the large tree next to the greenhouse and see what happens.
     
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    Chris, I hope in a few years you will have a carpet around your tree just like this. The woodlands near me are beautiful in spring when the bluebells arrive.
    20110423 Bluebell woods-17.jpg
     
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    Wow! those are just to beautiful for words. Thanks for the picture.
     
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