Bulbs

Muscari

Wild bulbs

For all lovers of flowers and natural plants, muscari are essential bulbs: easy to grow and present on the Italian territory also as a spontaneous generation, muscari are bulbs that give life to small flowers with an intense color in different declinations. of blue and lilac. Muscari belong to the Liliaceae family and are present in about sixty different species, united by their bulbous nature and the production of small flowers grouped in dense inflorescences. The leaves are instead styliform, very thin and elongated, and the plant, in general, retains very small dimensions: these are ideal bulbs for decorating not too large spaces, or areas in which they will frame other flowers or elements of greater appeal. visual, or to decorate the interior of the home: delicate but with an intense color and great elegance in shapes, muscari are the perfect flowers for those who know how to stop and appreciate even the smallest beauties. Their elegance knows no bounds: unlike many other bulbous plants, with an annual character, muscari can be grown as annual plants but, in reality, they are perennials with flowering that can begin as early as February, and then continue for the whole beautiful season.

Cultivation


The cultivation of muscari is simple because they are very resistant plants and suitable for cultivation in the Italian territory, where they can also be found as spontaneous vegetation. Muscari resist even low temperatures and therefore do not fear even the harshest winters: cultivation can therefore take place in pots, or directly in the ground without too many risks for the plant. However, the location must be evaluated on the basis of solar exposure: to flower properly, the muscari require many hours of sun a day. The differences are evident in the appearance of the plant, which if placed in an insufficiently sunny place will produce many leaves, but very few flowers. Flowering will also be favored by the cultivation of suitable soil, that is rich in organic matter and well draining: the plant, in fact, does not like water stagnation, therefore it is better to provide regular and frequent watering, rather than abundant. Flowering usually takes place from May onwards and will be favored by constant watering, even if sparser than in the summer period, even in the winter months characterized by vegetative rest. For optimal flowering, therefore, it is advisable to take care of the bulb throughout the year, without pauses unless the time has come to repot, to give the plant all the space and sufficient soil to grow. All this will then be further favored by regular fertilization, to be carried out every 15 or 20 days. therefore it is better to provide regular and frequent watering, rather than abundant. Flowering usually takes place from May onwards and will be favored by constant watering, even if sparser than in the summer period, even in the winter months characterized by vegetative rest. For optimal flowering, therefore, it is advisable to take care of the bulb throughout the year, without pauses unless the time has come to repot, to give the plant all the space and sufficient soil to grow. All this will then be further favored by regular fertilization, to be carried out every 15 or 20 days. therefore it is better to provide regular and frequent watering, rather than abundant. Flowering usually takes place from May onwards and will be favored by constant watering, even if sparser than in the summer period, even in the winter months characterized by vegetative rest. For optimal flowering, therefore, it is advisable to take care of the bulb throughout the year, without pauses unless the time has come to repot, to give the plant all the space and sufficient soil to grow. All this will then be further favored by regular fertilization, to be carried out every 15 or 20 days. even in the winter months characterized by vegetative rest. For optimal flowering, therefore, it is advisable to take care of the bulb throughout the year, without pauses unless the time has come to repot, to give the plant all the space and sufficient soil to grow. All this will then be further favored by regular fertilization, to be carried out every 15 or 20 days. even in the winter months characterized by vegetative rest. For optimal flowering, therefore, it is advisable to take care of the bulb throughout the year, without pauses unless the time has come to repot, to give the plant all the space and sufficient soil to grow. All this will then be further favored by regular fertilization, to be carried out every 15 or 20 days.

Reproduction


The reproduction of the muscari, as indeed that of all the other bulbs, is very simple: it occurs through the division of the bulbils that form, during the period of growth and flowering, around the main bulb. It will be sufficient to separate the cloves, store them in a cool and dry place or immediately plant them in the ground, with the arrival of summer. Even the main bulbs can be used with an annual character and can be removed from the ground for the whole winter period, giving them a little rest, to be then planted in the ground again with the arrival of spring. The bulbils, on the other hand, are recommended to be planted in autumn, leaving them plenty of time to grow and develop. The separation of the main bulb must be carried out taking care not to cause excessive wounds that would heal with difficulty, leaving the way free to infections and parasitic attacks. For the same reason, care should be taken to always use sterile instruments.

Muscari: Parasites and diseases

Muscari are plants particularly resistant to attack by parasites and fungi, as is often the case with wild and cultivated plants in their area of ​​origin, but this does not mean that they are totally immune and protected from any danger. The main element of risk for the muscari is constituted by water stagnation: for this reason the soil must be chosen carefully and must be well draining, to prevent the watering from standing on the surface for a long time. Excessive water could cause the roots to rot, but this is not the only risk: an excessively humid environment and soil can also be a fertile ground for molds, which can attack the plant relatively easily causing its death. As for parasites and fungi,

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