Range of colors for single bunches or mixed bouquets.
Fragrant, single flowers in red, white, pink, purple, and bicolors. Tender perennial in Zones 5-9. First year flowering, best grown as an annual.
•Edible Flowers: Use the flower petals to garnish salads, desserts, soups, icing, and cold drinks. Flavor is of mild clove. Remove the petals from the flower base before consuming as the base can be quite bitter.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 65-72°F (18-22°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 10-12 weeks before last frost. Lightly press seed into medium. Transplant into cell packs or 3-4" pots 20-25 days after sowing. Harden off and transplant. Cool temperatures of 50-55°F (10-13°C) are required to keep the plants low growing and basal branching. Avoid warm temperatures in excess of 65°F (18°C), especially at night, which will product soft growth. Direct seed: Early spring when a light frost is still possible.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Rich, sandy, well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline.
PLANT SPACING: 6".
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 5-9, but best as an annual.
HARVEST: Harvest when 10-20% of flowers in cluster or spray are open.
USES: Excellent commercial cut flower and is also suitable for gallon container production with one plant per gallon container. Also makes a lovely bedding plant.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.<br>Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.