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St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Ledebouria socialis syn. Scilla violaceum

  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

04/08/19 - a bulb! 😄 although one grown mostly by Succulent enthusiasts. I bought these for £1.50 from my local garden club plant sale. Unfortunately upon closer inspection when I got home they were riddled with mealy bugs. So I thought I’ve little to lose and separated all the bulbs, took a scalpel and cut off all the roots, all the foliage, all the tired looking papery tunics surrounding the bulbs and soaked them in isopropyl solution for 30 minutes. I then planted them on a bed of well

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richard.spicer.7906

draining soil/sand/grit back in April, and they have come back very healthy looking! Not a mealy big in sight 😄👏🏼 #ledebouria #ledebouria-socialis #ledebouriasocialis #silversquill

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cyndi

Awesome rescue plant save they looks great

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johninbrighton

You've done a good job there Richard.........they all look very healthy.....please keep us updated

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valjones-hughes

Brilliant 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks! I took a risk as at the time had no experience with them, but they are bulbs at the end of the day and I thought I’d try it as they’d have a bit of energy inside to regenerate. And it worked! 😁 @cyndi

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks John 🙏🏼 and yes, will do. Will probably bring them indoors nearer winter unless I can get my heated greenhouse purchased before then @johninbrighton

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Val 😊🙏🏼 @valjones-hughes

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cyndi

Never hurts to try. It def was worth it. Very happy it worked for you Rich. Very welcome my friend.

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lovestogarden

Too bad about the #mealybug #infestation, but they look great now. I do love mine. They have a pretty little flower. 💗

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linfoster

Well done Rich they look fabulous

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Janice, I’ve seen the ones at college flower and they look lovely 😊 hope mine will flower soon now that they are growing well @lovestogarden

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