BLUE FALSE INDIGO
Baptisia australis gives spectacular, glowing colour with rich, deep, vivid blue pea blooms in summer, over blue-grey foliage.
A thicket of flowering stems make a rounded bush that you just cant miss because of the beautiful colour.
Plant in a sunny position.
Baptisia australis is easy to grow, as it is a tough, hardy, perennial.
So it is drought resistant once established, and will continue to give you that burst of marvelous deep blue colour year after year. And it is considered an excellent water saving choice for gardeners with rationed water supply.
Happily it is also very frost hardy.
1m. High in flower x 1m. Wide approx, making a rounded thicket of flowering stems.
Baptisia australis is in no way invasive, as it has no runners. But you clump will get fatter, denser and more impressive each year.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow any time indoors in punnets / or scatter directly in garden in autumn, winter or early spring.
Indoors: Scarify seeds by gently rubbing between sheets of fine sandpaper.
Then soak seeds in warm water in a glass – leave for 24 hours to soften the hard outer coating.
Any seeds that float should be soaked for another 24 hours in a fresh batch warm water, but seeds that have settled on the bottom of the glass are softened and ready to sow.
Now sow the seeds on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
And cover seeds with mix / vermiculate / fine grit to a depth the same as the diameter of the seeds – approx. 5mm.
Then place the moist, sown punnet in a well-lit position. (But not in direct sunlight).
Continue to keep the punnet moist.
Temperatures of 20-23C approx aree best for optimum and rapid germination.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-30 days.
If your seeds are shy to germinate –then cling wrap moist, sown punnet & place in fridge (not freezer) for 6 weeks.
This will break the seed’s natural dormancy (The seed think they have had a winter, and now it is spring and time to germinate).
After the 6 weeks chilling of “pretend winter” in the fridge, remove the punnet, unwrap, make sure it is moist by soaking in a water bath.
Then place it back into the well-lit position for germination.
Keep moist, at temperatures of approx. 20-23C.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).