Hesperis Matronalis

Hesperis matronalisLatin name

Damask flowerCommon name

'The Cottage Garden Scent Bottle' with every flower pulling its weight in pink, violet and white. 2'-3'.

How to Grow Hesperis from Seed

Hesperis, or Sweet rocket is ideal for informal wildlife-friendly and wildflower gardens. Bees and butterflies adore their loose clusters of deliciously scented flowers, which are edible and look wonderful sprinkled over summer salads. Although the flowering period for Sweet Rocket is quite short, the memory of Hesperis’ sweet perfume filling the evening air will linger beyond its late spring and early summer season. Dead-heading will prolong flowering but if you’d like them to self-set leave a few seed heads to mature.

Hesperis, or Sweet Rocket, seed can be sown in trays or directly into a prepared seed bed in the garden once all risk of frost has passed. The ideal sowing period is March to May, although seed can be sown in Autumn for over-wintering. Germination usually takes 14 to 21 days.

Indoor sown Sweet Rocket seed can be started in trays, scatter the seed lightly across the surface of a peaty compost at 20-25°C (68-77°F)

Do not cover the seed or exclude light as this is required for germination. Keep moist and do not allow the seeds dry out once planted.

Prick out each seedling as it becomes large enough to handle and transplant into individual 3 inch pots. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for a couple of weeks before planting out once all risk of frost has passed.

Alternatively Hesperis seed can be direct sown in well-cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Thinly sow the seed into shallow drills 30cm or 12inches apart. Water regularly, especially in dry periods. Thin out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle.

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£2.45

Item Code: 1686

Variety: Hesperis Matronalis

Type: Hardy Biennial

Packet Contains: 500 Seeds

Sow: February - July

Germination: Up to 21 days

Harvest: June - August

In stock? Yes

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