DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Surface sow 8-10 weeks before last frost. Light is required for germination, but a fine layer of vermiculite covering the seeds can maintain moisture levels and prevent algae growth. Bottom water or mist lightly to avoid covering the seed with displaced soil. Transplant to packs or larger containers when the first true leaves appear, approximately 3-4 weeks after sowing. After seedlings have 3-5 true leaves, grow at 50-55°F (10-13°C) at night and 60°F (16°C) during the days. Pinch back to 1 1/2-2" when the seedlings are about 3-4" tall to encourage branching. Direct seeding is not recommended.
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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.