Beautiful pastel blooms all round the stem. They make a stunning addition to the back of the border. A nostalgic favourite and very attractive to bees.
Sow outdoors, April-July, in a seed bed, 0.5cm (¼”) deep, directly into finely-prepared, moist soil, which has already been watered. Seedlings usually appear in 21-35 days. Thin seedlings to 5cm (2″) apart, when large enough to handle. Keep moist and weed free. Plant out to flowering position in autumn, allowing 25cm (10″) between plants. Or sow indoors, April-July, 0.5cm (¼”) deep, in a tray of compost. Water well and place in a cold frame, unheated greenhouse, or a warm kitchen windowsill. Keep moist. Transplant individually, when large enough to handle, to 7.5cm (3″) pots. Always hold seedlings by a leaf, never by the stem. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions, before planting out into moist soil, September-October, 25cm (10″) apart. Flowers: May-July, the following year.
Tip: Allow plants to shed their seeds to get further plants in subsequent years.