Ornithogalum Saundersiae

Description

Ornithogalum saundersiae or giant chincherinchee is a species of Ornithogalum in the subfamily Scilloideae of family Asparagaceae.

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Ornithogalum Saundersiae Care

Overview

Humidity
50% - 60%
Light
Direct Light
Soil
Mix soil
Temperature
15 - 24
Watering
Medium

Humidity

Your Ornithogalum Saundersiae will benefit from regular misting, especially in the winter when the air is dry.

Light

In it's natural habitat the Ornithogalum Saundersiae grows under the cover of shaded trees, so place your plant in a bright spot without direct sunlight which can burn the leaves that will mimic their natural living space.

Soil

Use a fast-draining well-aerated loose soil. Ornithogalum Saundersiae can even be grown in soil mixed with lava rock.

Temperature

Your plant prefers room temperatures between 65-80 degrees. They do not do well in temperatures below 55 degrees. Cold winter drafts and blowing heaters can damage the leaves.

Watering

Overwatering causes root rot and is the main reason a Ornithogalum Saundersiae plant dies. Water it well and allow the top half of the soil to dry before watering again. Brown tips on the leaves can indicate overwatering, while numerous yellow leaves mean the plant needs more water.

Fertilizing

Your Ornithogalum Saundersiae needs very little plant food. Feed twice a year in the spring and summer with a liquid houseplant food at half the recommended strength.

Propagation

Choose and cut the biggest shoot (or shoots) available on a stalk and remove the lower leaves from the shoot. Cut the shoot about 1 cm - 2 cm away from the stalk. Sit your stem cutting in water for about 3 months until roots appear and then pot in soil.