Orange Star - Knowledgebase Question

Ocean Park, Wa
Question by bearlake
June 2, 2009
What do you do with the orange star (Ornithogalum dubium ) after the flowers are dome blooming ?
thanks Darrell

Answer from NGA
June 2, 2009


When the flowers are spent, cut down the flowering stalks but leave the foliage alone. The leaves will yellow and die at the end of the season and the bulb will go into dormancy. If it is in the ground, just leave it alone and it will rest. If it is in a container, leave the bulb in the pot after the foliage dies down and don't water the soil until new growth begins again. Your plant shouldn't need repotting for several years and because the bulbs grow slowly may only need to have the potting soil renewed every 3-4 years.

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