The rich coloured wallflower ‘Fire King’ is a wonderful shade of rich burnt orange and is much admired for its sweet clove scented fragrance. They make superb cut flowers when their stem ends seared in boiling water for 20 seconds. Originally native to seaside cliffs of Britain, they got their English name of “wallflower”, because of their love of the sharp drainage of a little pocket of gritty soil in a stone wall. Very easy to raise from seed this sun loving hardy biennial will be in flower in just 75-80 days from sowing.
Sowing Advice –
Sow Cheiranthus cheiri seed in late summer to early winter for spring flowering
or late winter to early spring for autumn flowering Surface sow in pots or containers containing good quality seed raising mix . Cover with a fine thin layer of seed raising mix or vermiculite. The compost should be kept moist but not wet at all times. Seed germinate in seven to 10 days at 20°C . Prick out each seedling as it becomes large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm pots. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost.
Seeds may also be sown outdoors directly where they are to flower or in a reserve bed in a sheltered position. Thin out to 15cm apart and transplant in April.