Members of the Smilacina genus are hardy perennials that range from 30 to 90 cm in height.
They bloom at the start of summer.
They have a light green foliage and carry fir tree shaped clusters of tiny feathery pink or white flowers.
Some common names for Smilacina plants include False Spikenard and False Solomon's seal.
Smilacina racemosa by born1945.
When growing from seed it is best to sow Smilacina plants such as False Spikenard and false Solomon's seal in flats, using fresh seed in the autumn.
The seeds should be lightly covers and flats sunk into a shady part of the garden and covered with glass. The seeds can take anything from one to six months to germinate, and should be left in situ for about a year once growing.
The Smilacina plants can then be transplanted to their final location in either spring or autumn. They should be spaced from 45 to 60 cm apart in a fully or partially shaded part of the garden. Ideally the soil that Smilacina species grow in will be rich and acidic (pH 5 to 6) and moist.
It is fairly easy to look after Smilacina plants. At the start of spring they should be mulched with leaf mold and given a fertilizer.
During the growing season they should be watered to keep the ground moist. Towards the end of autumn cut the plants back to the ground.
If you require more plants then they can be popagated by division in either spring or autumn.
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