Gentiana asclepiadea Willow gentian Hundreds of upward facing deep blue trumpets are held on arching stems through summer and into late autumn. The easiest. Longest lived, latest flowering and most rewarding of the taller gentians. One of the few plants that really doe improve with time. Gentians require moist, humus rich, well drained soil. But keep soil moist. Part shade to shade. 50-60cm x 45cm. Image by Tigerente.
Gentiana asclepiadea Willow gentian Seed can be sown at any time. Sow seed into good quality compost or seed raising mix. Cover with river sand or compost to seeds own depth. If sown in seed trays outdoors germination may not occur until dormancy is broken by a period of chilling. (Winter) To hasten process place seed in a moist seed tray and in a polythene bag and placed in fridge at 4 degrees C for 2-3 weeks. Then remove from fridge and polythene bag and place outside in an unheated poly house or plunge them to the rims in a shady part of the garden and cover with class or clear plastic. Seed is very irregular to germinate but should germinate over the spring summer, transplant each one when large enough to handle in their own pot. Some seed may lay dormant and not germinate until the following spring.