How to Grow Squill — Scilla

Squill Scilla

Squill, Scilla, bears a nodding, bell-shaped blue flower in spring. This perennial bulb has strap-shaped mid-green leaves. Plant squill in groups in fall for spring blooms. Plant squill with other dwarfs, spring-flowering bulbs, such as miniature daffodils.

Get to Know Squill

  • Plant type: Hardy late winter- or early spring-blooming bulb
  • Growing Zones and range: 2-8; grow as a perennial in Zones 8-10
  • Hardiness: In colder zones, grow squill as an annual planted in spring
  • Height and width: 4”- 18” tall, 4”- 10” wide
  • Flowers: Bell-shaped blue flowers
  • Bloom time: Late winter or early spring
  • Uses: Beds, borders, meadows, containers
  • Botanical name: Scilla spp.
  • Common name: Squill

Where to Plant Squill

  • Plant squill in full sun to light shade.
  • Grow squill in humus-rich to average, well-drained soil.
Squill, Scilla
Squill, Scilla

When to Plant Squill

  • Plant squill in mid-autumn in Zones 2-6; plant in late autumn in Zones 7-8.

Planting and Spacing Squill

  • Space squill 4 to 6 inches apart. Select a spot that is not wet in summer.
  • Plant squill 2 to 3 inches deep.
  • Plant in groups of 3 to 4 dozen for best effect.
  • Soak bulbs with dry roots in water for a few hours before planting.

How to Water and Feed Squill

  • Squill needs ample water while blooming; keep the soil evenly moist. Squill needs moderate water when it goes dormant in late spring. Avoid watering squill in summer.
  • Squill does not need fertilizer.

Squill Care

  • Lift and store bulbs after blooming and after foliage yellows.
  • Squill is commonly pest free.

Squill Propagation

  • Divide and pot up offsets when dormant.

Squill Varieties to Grow

  • Siberian squill (Scilla sibirica) is hardy in Zones 2-7.
  • Two-leaved squill (Scilla bifolia) grows 6 inches.
  • Cuban lily (Scilla peruviana) is hardy in Zones 4-8 grows 10 to 12 inches and blooms in late spring.

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