Maritime Scilla

Spraying and watering of the sea squill

This plant draws its origin from the European, African and Asian continents and is included in the heterogeneous family grouping of the Liliaceae. It is not difficult to find it in the wild near coasts and sea coasts, however it can be easily cultivated and used to embellish any type of garden. In addition to ornamentation, the perennial herb has been widely used in the pharmaceutical and herbalist industries since ancient times. Particularly resistant to dry periods, the Maritime Scilla will be sprayed constantly only in the winter and spring, while in the remaining part of the year the wetting will be rare and occasional. It will be necessary to ensure that the soil is always dry and to avoid the formation of water stagnations.

The Maritime Scilla can be grown indifferently in open spaces, or in a large pot to be placed on the balconies and terraces of buildings. Of considerable and very rapid growth, it will be able to reach dimensions of one meter or even more under favorable conditions. As far as the cultivation soil is concerned, the herbaceous plant does not show specific needs: in any case, it will be advisable to prepare a soft and non-compact soil, equipped with organic substances and perfectly drained, also through the use of sandy and loamy materials. If placed in a container, the bulbous will be repotted only if strictly necessary, or when the container is no longer adequate for the size of the plant or when the roots have completely filled the pot.

Plant fertilization

The ornamental plant will express normal needs to be fertilized, in order to be able to take on the right and specific nutrients. Fertilization will be maximized in the spring period, approximately twice a week, and appropriately limited or interrupted in the other seasons of the annual. You can preferably use liquid fertilizer, dissolved in the usual spraying water, nevertheless it is not uncommon to use the solid one, granular with gradual and progressive release, with a quarterly average frequency. The fertilizer will be specific for the sea squill or generic for flowering plants and must provide for the clear prevalence of the potassium and nitrogen components to the detriment of the remaining phosphate macro-component, in addition to the due and no less important microelements.

Maritime scilla: Positioning and recognizable pathologies

The bulbous plant will be positioned in a very bright and sunny habitat, exposed directly to solar radiation, however it will adapt perfectly even to partially shaded places. It will prefer warm and mild thermal conditions: if the temperatures drop below zero, it will be advisable to protect it adequately with suitable sheets and fabrics. In conclusion, the sea squill is not usually subject to attacks by insects and parasites, nevertheless it may be affected by certain cryptogamic pathologies, including root rot. This disease is normally caused by an excess of watering or by markedly humid environmental conditions and can lead to the rapid deterioration of the entire plant. The contrast will be entrusted to specific biological fungicides.

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