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BeKind
Mar 31, 2016 7:23 AM CST
Just added this perennial plant to my collection. Anyone with a success story to share on care of this plant?
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 31, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Have you looked at the entry in the database? There is a bit of care information posted there.
Sun Star (Ornithogalum dubium)
It's certainly pretty!
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DaisyI
Mar 31, 2016 10:33 AM CST
I grew them in my yard in Zone almost 9. Colder than that, I think they are houseplants. They enthusiastically reseeded themselves and filled up the whole garden.
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San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 1, 2016 7:27 PM CST
I grow mine in a container with a well draining soil. It blooms during Spring, and it has bloom stalks and buds forming now as well. After bloom time, I cut the bloom stalk and allow the leaves to continue on till it wilts on its own. This way it gets to return to the bulbs energy for next Spring. It is totally done for by summer, so I just set it aside. It will start to show the new leaves here by late Fall. Typically I would try to put some new soil and some compost , but last year I was away, and did not get to do it, but it still came back nicely. It does need as much full sun you can give once the leaves starts to form, watered well but in good intervals so it does not get too soggy.

I can keep it here outdoors even in winter since our winters are milder.

BeKind
Apr 1, 2016 9:49 PM CST
Great information..... Thank You! Hurray!

BeKind
Apr 1, 2016 9:53 PM CST
Great information..... Thank You! Hurray! think I am going to leave in house year around.
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tarev
Apr 1, 2016 10:12 PM CST
It really grows better outdoors, but if indoors is your option, try to position it in a good west facing or south facing window so you get as much sun as you can, if not you may have to use grow lights.

BeKind
Apr 2, 2016 5:19 AM CST
Crossing Fingers! Thanks for wonderful tip....the label said it is a perennial.
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 1, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Hey, my DH just brought home one of these! (Hope bumping this thread doesn't cause the OP to get a bunch of emails.) Since he bought it at the grocery store, it's in full bloom and the soil is soaking wet. Would it be ok to repot now into some drier medium and perhaps a slightly larger pot? I hate to disturb the bulbs, but I also don't want it to rot!

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tarev
May 1, 2017 11:12 AM CST
I don't disturb mine while it is in bud/blooming stage. You can just try and control your watering. If media is still wet delay watering. Use bamboo skewer, if it comes out wet, delay.
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 1, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Just checked the soil again; it's pretty damp, but maybe will dry out. I put a paper towel under the pot to see if that will soak up some to speed it drying out a bit. Guess I'll just keep an eye on it. Any tips for signs of distress?
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tarev
May 1, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Distress to me would be buds blasting, but other than after blooming, it just slowly fizzles out here as our temps go very hot and dry.
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woofie
May 1, 2017 3:37 PM CST
"blasting?"
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tarev
May 1, 2017 3:47 PM CST
buds that fail to bloom, just dries up
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 1, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Ok. I'm just going to let it take its chances and see if the soil dries relatively quickly. I may try setting it outdoors in a sheltered area if we get some warm breezy days. It's not quite as soggy as I initially thought. Sigh, my sweetie is forever dragging home cute little plants that don't stand a chance of surviving here.
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