Optimum Planting Time: September – November
Flowers: May - June
Where to plant
Planting Nectaroscordium, also known as Sicilian Honey Garlic, requires choosing the right location. As a member of the Allium family, this beautiful plant thrives best when situated in an area that receives ample sunlight or is partially shaded. Ensure the soil is fertile and well-drained to provide an ideal growing environment for this unique plant.
How to plant in the ground
Nectaroscordum truly captivates late spring borders with its majestic tall flowerheads gracefully towering above lower-growing plants.
When planting on heavy clay soil, the key is to enhance drainage. Blend a generous amount of good compost with horticultural grit and mix it into the soil.
Using a trowel or bulb planter, create holes approximately 15cm deep, ensuring they are spaced 25cm apart.
Gently position each bulb into the hole with the pointed tip facing upwards. On heavy soils, it's advisable to add a handful of grit at the bottom of the hole before placing the bulb.
To maximize the visual impact, consider planting them in large clusters or groups, creating a stunning spectacle in your garden.
How to grow in containers
Select a spacious container with adequate drainage holes. To prevent clogging, position crocks (broken pot pieces) over the drainage holes.
Add a layer of high-quality compost to the container and arrange the bulbs on top with their pointed tips facing upwards. While bulbs can be planted closer together in containers, ensure they do not touch each other.
Cover the bulbs with approximately 20cm of compost and water thoroughly to settle the soil.
Find a sheltered, sunlit location to place the pot, providing an ideal environment for the bulbs to thrive.
Allow the foliage to naturally wither and die, enabling the plants to store essential nutrients in the bulbs for next year's blossoms.
Once the flowers and foliage have completely died back, consider lifting and dividing any overgrown clumps to promote healthier growth in the future.
Pests and Diseases
Keep a vigilant eye for potential threats such as onion white rot, downy mildew, and onion fly. If you notice any signs of these issues, promptly remove and dispose of the affected leaves. In the case of severely affected plants, it is best to destroy them to prevent further spread and safeguard the health of your garden.