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Ipheion uniflorum
( Wisley Blue )

Ipheion is a group of bulbs that produce many star-shaped spring flowers in blue, white or. After flowering it dies back for the summer. Prefers a sheltered location, with dappled light and well drained soil, best planted in the fall. Good container plant in a cold greenhouse. Clump-forming perennial produces single frangrant silvery blue, star-shaped flowers 1 1/2 inches across with darker midribs. 'Wisley Blue' bears lilac-blu


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Characteristics
Cultivar: Wisley Blue  
Family: Liliaceae  
Size: Height: 0.5 ft. to 0.67 ft.
Width: 0.5 ft. to 0.67 ft.  
Plant Category: bulbous plants,  
Plant Characteristics: low maintenance,  
Foliage Characteristics: medium leaves,  
Foliage Color: green,  
Flower Characteristics: erect, single,  
Flower Color: blues, purples,  
Tolerances:  
Requirements
Bloomtime Range: Mid Spring to Mid Spring  
USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9  
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant  
Light Range: Dappled to Dappled  
pH Range: 6 to 7.5  
Soil Range: Sandy Loam to Clay Loam  
Water Range: Normal to Moist  

Plant Care



Fertilizing
How-to : Fertilization for Annuals and Perennials

Annuals and perennials may be fertilized using: 1.water-soluble, quick release fertilizers; 2. temperature controlled slow-release fertilizers; or 3. organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion. Water soluble fertilizers are generally used every two weeks during the growing season or per label instructions. Controlled, slow-release fertilizers are worked into the soil ususally only once during the growing season or per label directions. For organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion, follow label directions as they may vary per product.

Light
Conditions : Dappled Light

Dappled Light refers to a dappled pattern of light created on the ground, as cast by light passing through high tree branches. This is the middle ground, not considered shady, but not sunny either. Dappled remains constant throughout the day.

Watering
Conditions : Moist and Well Drained

Moist and well drained means exactly what it sounds like. Soil is moist without being soggy because the texture of the soil allows excess moisture to drain away. Most plants like about 1 inch of water per week. Amending your soil with compost will help improve texture and water holding or draining capacity. A 3 inch layer of mulch will help to maintain soil moisture and studies have shown that mulched plants grow faster than non-mulched plants.

Planting
How-to : Planting Bulbs

Plant bulbs at a depth that is three times their height, and at least 1-1/2 bulb-widths apart. Work a little bone meal fertilizer into the bottom of your hole, and then place the bulb upright in the hole. The more pointed end is almost always the top. If you have trouble telling which is the top, look for evidence of where a stem or roots were last year. If in doubt, plant them sideways. Fill in with soil gently, making sure there are no rocks or clods that would impede the bulb's stem. When planting a great number of bulbs, dig out an area to the specified depth, place bulbs and replace soil. This ensures that ground has been properly prepared and bulbs are evenly spaced.

Plant bulbs in natural drifts rather that formal rows: bulbs can fail or be eaten, leaving holes in a formal arrangement, or will shift with freezing and thawing. If you have trouble with gophers or squirrels eating your bulbs, try sprinkling red pepper in the holes, covering the bulbs with chicken-wire, surround bulbs with sharp shards of gravel or other substance, or planting rodent-repelling bulbs like Fritillaria nearby.

Problems
Miscellaneous
Glossary : Bulbs

A bulb is a modified, underground stem.

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