- Uses: Plants for border, pot and container plants, plants attract bees and butterflies, cut and dried flower production
- Exposure: Sun
- Garden height: 35″ / 90 cm
- Crop time: 16 weeks
- Sow time: January-March for cut flower production indoors from May onwards, January-April for cut flower production outdoors from End June onwards, July-October for flowering in pots the following year March onwards
- Sowing method: 3-5 seeds per plug, tap roots, can be sown directly into final pots or field
- Germination*: 7-14 days at 68-75 °F (20-24 °C). Light is required for germination. Do not hold plugs of this species! The sinuatum species will benefit from days (>13 hrs) and vernalization treatment during the plug stage.
- Growing On: Transplant plugs after 4-6 weeks. Grow on at 55-60 °F (12-15 °C). A chilling period of 4-5 weeks at temperatures of 40-50 °F (5-10 °C) will increase flowering.
- Media: Use a well-drained, growing substrate with 15-30 % clay, 0-20 % parts (e.g. perlite, coconut fibres), 1-1,5 kg/m³ complete balanced fertilizer, 1-2 kg/m³ slow release fertilizer (3-6 months), iron-chelate, micronutrients, pH: 5.5-6.5. Field: sandy lightly loamy soils with good drainage.
Standard fertilization: 80-100 g/m² of a slow release fertilizer. Cover soil with mulch or fleece.
- Temperature: Grow at 12-15 °C or outdoors. A chilling period for flower initiation for 4-6 weeks at 5-10 °C is required. Temperatures above 25 °C will inhibit the flower development and will increase the risk of infects with diseases. In winter indoors frost free at 1-3 °C. In spring the plants start to grow for
8-10 weeks at 12-15 °C. Warm temperatures will decrease the cultivation time, but this way of cultivation requires high light intensity and long day.
- Fertilization: Moderate fertilization levels are required. Fertilize the crop weekly with 150-200 ppm nitrogen (at 0 kg/m³ slow release fertilizer in substrate), using a potassium balanced fertilizer (N: K2O-ratio: 1:1,5). Avoid high ammonium and high nitrogen levels. Prevent magnesium deficiency by applying magnesium sulphate (0,05 %) 1-2 times and in case of iron deficiency (above pH 6.0) apply iron-chelate for 1-2 times. Limonium tolerates high salt levels in substrate or soil.
Field: If necessary according to analysis, improve the soil with 80-100 g/m² of a slow release fertilizer, applied in several portions.
* Germination Stages (from seed to finished young plant)
Stage I Starts with the radicle breaking through the testa. The roots are touching the medium. Ends with fully developed cotyledons.
Stage II Starts from fully developed cotyledons. Ends with the fully developed true leaf or true leaf pair.
Stage III Starts from the fully developed true leaf or true leaf pair and ends with 80% of the young plants being marketable.
Stage IV All young plants are ready for sale and in the process of being hardened off. This stage lasts about 7 days.
The cultural recommendations are based on results from trials conducted under Central European conditions. Different conditions in other parts of the world may lead to deviations in results achieved.
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Muller will not accept any liability for failure and/or damage as a consequence of incorrect and/or inexpert cultivation by or on behalf of the Buyer.”