Common name; Floss flower
The species is not hardy in the colder areas of the UK unless they are located in a sunny sheltered spot.
They are suited to most types of garden soil,and will grow to around 100- 250mm (4”-10”) high depending upon variety.
This makes it them suitable subject for edging borders, island beds and containers.
Dead-head plants regularly to prolong the flowering period, and water sparingly throughout the growing season.
The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are a favoured source of nectar for butterflies and moths.
Week 12: Sow seed in trays/pots of seed compost and lightly cover with vermiculite, and germinate at around 21°C (70°F)
They should take around a week to germinate.
Week 16: If large enough to handle, prick out into 50mm (2”) cells or in trays 50mm (2”) apart.
Grow on in a well lit frost free environment until planting out time.
Week 22: Plant them out after the last expected frosts in a sunny spot placing them 200mm (8”) apart.
Week 33: Sow seeds for spring flowering.
Week 38: Plants for early spring flowering should be potted on into 125mm (5") pots of John Innes potting compost No.1 (or equivalent) and grow on through the winter months at 10°C (50°F)