Scabiosa Merlot Red

Scabiosa atropurpureaLatin name

Star Flower, Pin CushionCommon name

This new and unique colour will add a ‘touch of drama’ to any bouquet. Scabiosa Merlot Red with its elegant dark wine coloured blooms and strong slender stems is ideal for the border and for cutting flowers too. 3’.

How to Grow Scabiosa from Seed

Scabiosa, or Pin Cushion is native to Mediterranean Europe and a fabulously pollinator friendly flower, attracting bees and butterflies a plenty. It is a wonderful flower-arranger’s bloom and great for informal, cottage gardens, beds and borders. Plant two or even three sowings, three or four weeks apart to achieve a succession of blooms throughout the season.

Sow January to March for flowering from June onwards, or April to August for flowering the following year.

Sow the seeds into moist compost, equally spaced in trays or pots, covering very lightly. Place into a propagator or seal into polythene bags to maintain moisture, provide some shade, avoiding direct sunlight but allowing some light to aid germination, which should take place with 21 days at 65-75F.

Prick out the seedlings at 2 to 3 inches, transplanting them into individual 4 inch pots and growing on until almost pot-bound before moving into the garden. Acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions before planting out after the last frosts.

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£2.50

Item Code: 2194B

Variety: Merlot Red

Type: Half Hardy Annual

Packet Contains: 50 Seeds

Sow: January - April, August, September

Germination: Up to 21 days

Harvest: June - October

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