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PLANTING AND ENJOYING SPRING STARFLOWER
Plant your spring starflower bulbs in any well-drained soil. If you have a heavy clay soil, which can become boggy when wet and hard when dry, work compost, peat moss, leaves or other materials to lighten the soil.
If you order your bulbs in hot weather when spring starflower leaves dry up and go dormant, you may receive only bulbs with no leaves. Plant bare bulbs 2 to 3 inches, no deeper than 3 inches. At cooler times of the year, your bulbs will be shipped with the foliage intact. If your bulbs still have green leaves, do not trim them. The bulb and stalk will be white all the way up to where the leaves start. At this point where the leaves start should be at soil level when you plant. This may put the bulb at 6 inches below ground but that's ok because that's the way they were growing.
NOTE: Spring starflower bulbs are small and don't have the density of more traditional bulbs, so it is important that you plant your bulbs as soon as they arrive. If you can't do your permanent planting right away, at least dig out an area for them and cover them with damp soil or sand until they can planted in their permanent space. As long as the bulbs are out of the ground, they are fragile and can dry up.
Spacing distance is not important when planting spring starflower. They do great when crowded, so you can plant in clumps or you can plant individual bulbs an inch or two apart or even more to spread out over a wider area. Remember that spring starflower multiplies and gets thicker every year. The underground bulbs are growing and multiplying most of the year.
Spring starflower can tolerate fairly dry conditions, but you should always water them on a regular basis to thrive and multiply.
Spring starflower does very well with no supplemental fertilizing, but a late winter (around mid February) and late fall feeding with any general purpose flower fertilizer could be beneficial and possibly extend the blooming period in the spring.
Since spring starflower goes dormant during very hot weather, you may want to plant other perennials to complement the starflower when it blooms and to provide hot weather color when it goes dormant. As soon as the cooler weather of Fall arrives, spring starflower will rapidly grow new leaves.
Spring starflower, like many other flowers, prefers cool weather and goes dormant during hot weather until the first sign of Fall. If all of a sudden, the plants disappear during summer, don't worry, they'll be back. Be sure to give them water during hot, dry periods even when dormant.