Fritillaria Imperialis Growing Guide

Planting Fritillaria Imperialis

  • Plant these bulbs in fall.
  • These bulbs typically have a hole in the top centre where last year’s stem grew. This looks odd but is perfectly normal.
  • It is best to plant this bulb on its side - this prevents water collecting at the top of the bulb and causing it to rot.
  • Plant in a sunny to semi-shaded area about 20 cm (8 in) deep and 25 to 30 cm (10 to 12 in) apart.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.

Growing Fritillaria Imperialis

  • These bulbs do best in well-drained soil.
  • Fritillaria do best when the bulbs are left undisturbed for long periods of time. For this reason they are not recommended for containers.
  • Water as needed during active growth periods.

Care Fritillaria Imperialis

  • Fritillaria are deer and rodent resistant and will also keep rodents away from bulbs planted around.
  • When in bloom, feel free to cut some flowers for bouquets. The flowers can be picked without damaging the plant.

Winterizing Fritillaria Imperialis

  • After flowering, the leaves should be allowed to die down. The leaves will gather sunlight and provide nourishment for next year’s show.
  • These bulbs come back for several years.
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