Clarkia pulchella is an easy to grow hardy annual, that grows to around 400-500mm (15"- 18") high.

Its ease of growing makes it a useful subject for introducing children to flower growing.

The many flowers in shades of pink through to purple appear from late June to October.


Week 14: Sow seeds in trays of seed compost and germinate at a temperature 10°-12°C (50°-54°F)

Germination should take three or four days.

Week 16: Prick out seedlings into cell trays or boxes of potting compost 50mm (2") apart, then place in a cold frame to harden off.

Week 20: Plant out 300mm (12") apart in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil.

Planting in groups rather than in rows tends to give a more pleasing display.

Avoid excessive feeding as this encourages leaf growth at the expense of flowers.

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