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Organic Ornithogalum 'Balansae' - Broad-leaved star of Bethlehem | 10 pcs.

Organic Ornithogalum 'Balansae' - Broad-leaved star of Bethlehem | 10 pcs.

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Organic broad-leaved star of Bethlehem

The Ornithogalum balansae, also known as the 'broad-leaved star of Bethlehem', is a beautiful special spring bloomer. Her flowers are white and have star-shaped petals with graceful green stripes on the outside. It grows wide, inwardly curled leaves of about 15 centimeters long. The 'Balansae' already blooms in March and therefore blooms earlier and is lower than most Ornithogalum species. The short flower stem sometimes has more than 10 flowers, causing it to bloom for weeks.

Like the crocus, it can be used as a top layer in your lasagna pots or in the garden. It serves as an excellent nectar source for bees and other pollinators. In addition, it is very suitable for naturalization and returns reliably year after year, regardless of the soil type.

How, where and when do I plant star of Bethlehem flowerbulbs?

Plant the star of bethlehem flowerbulbs in the fall, preferably between September and January. This gives them plenty of time to root before winter sets in. Choose a location in the garden that is sunny to slightly shaded. Bird's milk grows best in well-drained soil. Dig up the soil and remove any weeds, rocks or other contaminants. Add compost or organic matter to improve soil structure and fertility.

Dig a planting hole that is about 2 to 3 times as deep as the height of the flowerbulb. For broadleaf bird's milk, a depth of about 5 to 10 centimeters is usually suitable. Keep a distance of about 5 to 10 centimeters between each flowerbulb. This gives the bulbs plenty of room to grow and multiply. Place the flowerbulbs in the planting hole with the pointed side up. Then cover them with soil and press gently to firm the soil around the bulbs. After planting, water the bird's milk flowerbulbs well. This helps them get settled and encourages initial growth.

If necessary, apply a layer of organic mulch material around the plants to retain moisture and reduce weed growth.

Care of the broad-leaved star of Bethlehem

Water regularly, especially during the growing period in spring. Keep the soil evenly moist, but avoid over-watering to prevent rotting of the bulbs. Provide a light dose of balanced fertilizer once a month in spring to stimulate growth. We recommend Bio Kultura for organic potting soil, plant food and other soil improvers!

Regularly remove spent flowers to focus the plant's energy on bulb growth rather than seed formation. After flowering, the plant goes into a rest period. The foliage will naturally wither and die. Leave the foliage alone until it dries completely before carefully removing it. The Ornithogalum balansae naturalizes well and comes back reliably every year!

Origin of the broad-leaved star of Bethlehem

Ornithogalum balansae is a bulbous plant belonging to the Hyacinthaceae family. The origin of Ornithogalum balansae lies in Southwest Asia and North Africa, where it occurs naturally. It grows there in diverse environments, including grasslands, rocky slopes and forest edges.

Organic Ornithogalum balansae - Skal NL-BIO-01 certified: 109459

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Will be replaced in June '24 by Ornithogalum 'White Trophy'!

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Flowering time: March - April
Planting time: From September
Planting depth: 5 cm deep
Planting distance: 5 cm apart
Height: 10 cm high
Flower diameter:
5 cm wide
Location: Partial shade, sun
Soil PH: Loam, sandy soil - Slightly alkaline/neutral
Winter hardiness: Very hardy
Propagation: Good (naturalizes)
Origin: Turkey and surroundings
Family: Hyacinthaceae (hyacinth family)
Colour: White with green stripes
Bee-friendly: Yes
Fragrant: No
Bulb size: 5+



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