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B3B3 Posts: 25,224
I bought some ornithogalum saundersiae (excuse spelling - it's a hard one!) in a pound shop - for a pound.
The bulbs have sprouted and I haven't a clue what to do with them.  
Would they be better in the ground or in a container.  It seems that they grow awful big!

They haven't been outside yet.
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,896
    This may help you, seems it’s the ground. I don’t know how they overwinter in this country.

    Plant giant chincherinchee bulbs in well-drained normal to sandy soil that gets full to partial sun. For the best display, arrange bulbs in groupings of 20 or more, spacing them 3 to 5 inches apart.


    Soak the plants thoroughly with water once a week during the summer growing season whenever rainfall is less than 1 inch a week. Decrease watering after flowers and leaves begin to die. Cease watering while the plant is dormant in winter.


    Fertilize with a 10-10-10 granular fertilizer once in early spring after the initial growing season, following the manufacturer’s application instructions.

    Things You Will Need

    • Hose
    • 10-10-10 granular fertilizer


    • Giant chincherinchee bulbs are extremely poisonous. Keep them away from children and pets.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    edited June 2019
    I don't intend to eat it - so that's oK😉
    I have two bulbs and a late developer -not 20
    It sounds like they don't need too much water.
    They look soft, fleshy and toothsome for slugs
    Any information I managed to get seemed to be from hotter climates too.
    I think I might keep them in a container. I'll let them out now as danger of frost has passed.
    I can't see them surviving outside through the winter though
    Thanks @Lyn
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,648
    Have you watched this week's GW, @B3? The bulb man on there explained what to do with one of these  :) I only noticed because the idea of a plant called chimchiminy chimchimcheree stuck in my hind brain
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    Thanks @raisingirl. I'll watch it😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    @raisingirl. I've watched it and now I know what to do. I would've kept the bulb in the shed over winter if I hadn't seen it. It was just by chance I kept it in the house before planting! Thanks so much😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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