- Variety Info
- Sowing Info
- Growing Info
Family: Araliaceae, ginseng family, includes English ivy and sarsaparilla.
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 7 and warmer, although usually grown as an annual.
Exposure: Full sun. Afternoon shade will prolong blooming in hot climates.
Bloom Period: Summer to fall
Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall
Variety Info: 2"–3" flowers are lavender blue, pink, or white.
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 64°–72°F.
When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; use biodegradable pots.
Days to Emerge: 14 – 21 Days
Seed Depth: 1/16" – 1/8"
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6" – 8"
Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 6" – 8"
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest flowers in the morning and choose flowers that have 1/3 to 1/2 of the small florets open.
Special Care: When plants have 4–5 sets of leaves, pinch or clip the growing tip back to just above the next set of leaves to encourage bushiness.