Plant Care Wood Hyacinth

Wood Hyacinth

4.5 out of 5 (17 experiences)

Wood Hyacinth has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Wood Hyacinth has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Silver Squill, Silver Squill and South African Squill

Taxonomy

Ledebouria socialis
Ledebouria
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

How to care for Wood Hyacinth

💦 Water

How often to water your Wood Hyacinth

Water needs for Wood Hyacinth
0.5 cups
every 9

Wood Hyacinth needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Wood Hyacinth

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Silver Squill in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Wood Hyacinth: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Wood Hyacinth love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Wood Hyacinth does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Wood Hyacinth in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Wood Hyacinth

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Wood Hyacinth: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Wood Hyacinth after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Wood Hyacinth is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Common Silver Squill Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Wood Hyacinth prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Silver Squill Water Frequency →

Silver Squill Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Wood Hyacinth requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Silver Squill Light Requirements →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Wood Hyacinth is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Silver Squill Toxicity to Cats →

Silver Squill Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Wood Hyacinth doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Silver Squill Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Wood Hyacinth does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Silver Squill →

When and How to Successfully Repot Silver Squill →


💩 Fertilizer

Wood Hyacinth should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Silver Squill →


🌎 Native Region

Wood Hyacinth is native to Southern Africa to India.


🌸 Flowers

Wood Hyacinth produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Wood Hyacinth is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Wood Hyacinth can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Silver Squill Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Wood Hyacinth can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

How to Propagate Silver Squill →


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Wood Hyacinth, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Wood Hyacinth

Wood Hyacinth

Wood Hyacinth


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Wood Hyacinth has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 11
Wood Hyacinth has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Wood Hyacinth has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
Wood Hyacinth has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Wood Hyacinth has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@drewbydoobydoo avatar
@@drewbydoobydoo
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe San Luis Obispo, CA
09/13/2021

It grew quickly to its full height and has a really cool pattern on its leaves. The only thing is that gnats really like to nest in it’s soil, but when we transplanted it they went away and haven’t been an issue since then

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@JferLuvsConifers avatar
@@JferLuvsConifers
leaf-1 73 Plants
xp 12,822 XP
globe Greensboro, NC
07/31/2021

I got this little gal as a 2” seedling and she has been easy to keep healthy.

Fast grower Fast grower
@MistedLeavesandStone avatar
@@MistedLeavesandStone
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,065 XP
06/16/2021

Underrated, easy to grow plant. The leaves on the Silver Sqill are so beautifully patterned. It has about 1 to 2 hours of direct sun then filtered in a south/southwest room.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@MistedLeavesandStone avatar
@@MistedLeavesandStone
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,065 XP
06/16/2021

Underrated, easy to grow plant. The leaves on the Silver Sqill are so beautifully patterned. It has about 1 to 2 hours of direct sun then filtered in a south/southwest room.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@RJG avatar
@@RJG
leaf-1 129 Plants
xp 193,460 XP
globe Austin, TX
06/08/2021

Just make sure it dries out between waterings !

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Annmarie avatar
@Annmarie
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 650 XP
globe Erie, PA
03/27/2021

It’s pretty and very easy to care for!

Survivor Survivor

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