An eye-catching perennial with stunning scarlet blooms. Flowers in the first year from an early sowing, treat as an annual in colder regions. This long flowering variety has a lovely deep colour perfect for borders and for cutting.
✔ Eye-catching flowers
✔ Flowers first year from an early sowing
✔ Perfect for cutting
Sow indoors to flower the same year, 0-5cm (¼in) deep, in a tray of compost. Water well and place in a greenhouse or on a warm kitchen windowsill. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 21-35 days. Transplant seedlings 5cm (2in) apart to other trays when large enough to handle. (Always hold seedlings by a leaf, never by the stem.) Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts) before planting out 25cm (1in) apart when frosts are over.
Tip: Penstemons are hardy to approx. -5°C (23°F). Plants need a sheltered location and will benefit from cloche or straw protection through winter.