PHLOX STAR DRUMMONDII CUSPIDATA SCENTED TALL MIX INCREDIBLE EDIBLE PETALS $3.20

Star Phlox Tall Mix showcases a variety of stunning new colours in this beloved classic garden favorite with a new twist! Phlox stars in their hundreds all over the plant!  The spectrum spans from pinks, purples, mauves, and roses to pristine white, some adorned with contrasting colored eyes, while others boast solid hues. The hallmark of these blooms, however, lies in their exquisite fragrance, a sweet allure that is unmatched.

Highly valued by florists, Phlox endure as prized cut flowers, enduringly gracing bouquets with their longevity, sweet scent, vibrant colors, and sturdy stems. Yet, their charm extends beyond floral arrangements, as they equally enchant when left to grace the garden. With a long blooming season from late spring through early autumn, regular deadheading or harvesting for floral arrangements ensures their continuous bloom.

Caring for Phlox is relatively simple. Plant them in areas of full sun to partial shade, though a touch of afternoon shade proves beneficial in hotter climates, preserving the freshness of their flowers and colors. These perennials thrive in well-drained soil with mulch for moisture retention and are tolerant of various soil types, including clay.

Fertilize them in early spring and again in summer to sustain their vigor and prolong their flowering season. Come winter, prune them back to ground level to stimulate fresh growth in the following spring. Alternatively, for denser growth and more abundant blooms, employ the “Chelsea Chop” in mid-spring.

Notably frost-hardy, Phlox withstand temperatures as low as -20°C and below, persisting through frosty conditions with resilience. Their prolific blooming also attracts nectar-seeking bees and other pollinators, providing a bountiful supply of nourishment throughout their flowering period.

Grow notes:

Begin by soaking the seeds in warm water for 10-15 minutes. Following this, sow the seeds onto the surface of high-quality seed-raising mix within a punnet, and lightly cover them with a fine layer of sieved mix.

Next, ensure thorough moisture by placing the sown punnet in a shallow water bath, allowing the moisture to permeate from below. Wrap the punnet, now moistened, in cling-wrap or a plastic bag and refrigerate it on the normal shelf in the middle or front to avoid freezing (do not put in the crisper or freezer) for 4-6 weeks.

Upon completion of the chilling period, remove the punnet from the fridge, unwrap it, and moisten it thoroughly once again. Position the punnet in a warm, well-lit area (avoiding direct sunlight), maintaining temperatures of 15-18°C for optimal and speedy germination.

If available, utilize a heat mat or a warm, sheltered window sill to maintain ideal temperatures, noting that temperatures exceeding 18°C may impede germination. Consistently keep the mix moist by misting it with a spray water bottle.

Cut back after flowering to encourage more flowering.

Keep soil moist, never wet.

Germination after the correct preparation:
14-21 days

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