Orlaya - Key Growing Information

Close-up of the lacy-handkerchief-like umbels of the Orlaya, an attractive cut flower or border plant.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: Direct seed: 12-16 days at 60-65°F (16-18°C). Transplant: 7-14 days at 68-86°F (20-30°C), alternating day and night temperature. Chill seed at 40-45°F (4-7°C) for 1-2 weeks prior to sowing in the greenhouse.

SOWING:
Make 2-3 successive sowings, 2 weeks apart for a continuous summer harvest. Support may be necessary. Direct seed (recommended): Sow seed thinly in rows, covering lightly, in early spring after last frost. If growing in the South, sow seed in the fall. Transplant: Sow 4-5 weeks before planting outside. When the first true leaves appear transplant into larger containers. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost.

Note:
Plants do not perform well in temperatures above 85°F (29°C).

LIGHT PREFERENCE:
Sun.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Average, well-drained soil. Will tolerate dry soil.

PLANT SPACING:
9-12".

HARDINESS ZONES:
Annual.

HARVEST:
Fresh:Harvest when approximately 80% of the flowers in the umbel are open. Flowers should be crisp white with no hint of pollen shed. Dried: Once seed pods form.

USES:
Excellent cut flower. Back of beds and borders. Dried.

SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Orlaya grandiflora

ALTERNATE NAME:
White lace flower