Echinops ritro ssp. ruthenicus ‘Platinum Blue’
PLATINUM BLUE GLOBE FLOWER
Deep steel-blue globes all summer. Excellent cut flowers. Silver-grey foliage. Full Sun. Water-wise. Copes in wide range of soils, including sandy. Evergreen perennial clump. Hardy in frost, dry, heat. 40cm H x 40cm W.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow at any time of year in punnets indoors / or scatter in garden late winter-early spring.
INDOORS: Sow the seed in punnets on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then press the seeds gently onto the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
Now cover the seeds lightly with mix, to the same diameter as the seed.
As these seeds need light is for germination.
And you can use sieved mix, or fine grit, or vermiculite, or washed sand to sprinkle over the seeds.
Then place the sown punnet into a water bath (make sure the water level in the bath is below the surface of the mix).
So the moisture percolates up through the mix from the bottom to thoroughly moisten the mix throughout.
Soak for a short time until moisture appears on the surface of the mix, and then remove and drain.
Then place the moist, sown punnet in a warm, well-lit position.
Temperatures of 20-25C approx. are best for optimum and rapid germination.
You can use a temperature-controlled heat mat if you have one, to encourage rapid germination, but it is not essential. A window-sill or well-lit corner is also fine.
And continue to keep moist by spraying the surface of the mix a fine spray water bottle, or re-soaking in the water bath, as required.
(If the punnet is light weight when you pick it up – the mix is drying out and needs another soak from below in the water bath).
Adding a clear plastic cover helps to retain moisture in the punnet.
Seedlings emerge quickly, in approx. 10-21 days.
SEED COUNT: 30 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).