Scabiosa caucasica (Caucasian Pincushion Flower) - Key Growing Information
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-12 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost. Barely cover seeds as light is required for germination. Transplant to cell packs when the first true leaves appear. In the greenhouse, grow transplants at 60-65°F (16-21°C). Lower temperatures can cause premature flowers and poor garden performance. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost. Direct seeding is not recommended.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Rich, well-drained soil.
PLANT SPACING: 12-18".
HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 3-7. Plants will live about 3 years.
HARVEST: Fresh: When flowers are at bud stage or half open.
USES: Excellent cut flower. Backs of beds, borders, or in containers.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Scabiosa caucasica