Ornithogalum concium / Chincherinchee / Seeds

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Ornithogalum concium / Chincherinchee / Seeds

The Chincherinchee has been growing in English gardens for over 300 years.  Originally from South Africa, this plant produces lovely white flowers in early to midsummer, growing to a height of 35 60cm.  Also a good long lasting cut flower.

Prefers a sunny spot and moist well drained soil.  The bulbs of mature plants can be left in the ground over winter in warmer parts of the UK.  Otherwise they should be lifted in the autumn after flowering and replanted in the spring.

Pack of 15 seeds.  Sow in spring or autumn.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet

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Hardiness Hardy to half-hardy perennial (forms bulbs)
Flowers June to July
Height 35 - 60cm
Spread 30cm
Conditions  Sun and moist well-drained soil

Sow in spring or autumn in a tray of seed compost.  Cover lightly with compost.  Keep at room temperature and germination takes 3-6 weeks, sometimes longer.  Transplant to pots when the seedlings can be handled. Grow on for two years and plant out after the last frost.  


Plants are deciduous, dying down in winter.  Keep the leaves on the plant after flowering until they have died down.  If lifting bulbs in autumn, store in a cool dry place over winter and plant out in spring to a depth of 10cm.  Mature plants produce off-sets on the bulbs, and these can be removed in summer to grow on into more plants.