Limonium sinuatum ‘QIS Apricot’
Limonium sinuatum ‘QIS Apricot’ has wonderful Statice blooms of stylish soft apricot.
QIS stands for Quality in Seed
The QIS range of Statice have been specially bred as a modern improvement over standard seed varieties.
So QIS Limonium now have much more uniform growth, beautiful colours, bigger flower size and longer, stronger flower stems.
Hence florists love Limonium sinuatum ‘QIS Apricot’ as much as home gardeners do.
Because of the stylish soft apricot colouring and much improved flower and plant qualities of course.
Soft apricot everlasting cut flowers
The abilities of Statice to last for ages in a vase are well known.
Either when it is picked fresh or used dried.
And the much improved ‘QIS Apricot’ variety holds her lovely colour and papery flowers so well for so long.
With long, clean stems and particularly large heads of fine flowers.
Quick & easy to grow from seed
Limonium sinuatum ‘QIS Apricot’ is very quick and easy to grow from seed.
And if you start your seed in good time in late winter-early spring – you can harvest blooms right through the same summer and autumn.
Thrives in a hot sunny garden
‘QIS Apricot’ is drought tolerant once established in the garden or field.
It revels in the sun and heat of summer and the flower colour is unfading.
So it is ideal for gardeners with hot conditions or limited water, seaside, sandy and windy sites.
Tolerant of salt laden air as well as some salt in the water or soil, and resistant to wind too.
And it is not choosy about soil type either, as long as the soil is well drained.
So easy to raise & grow
Limonium sinuatum ‘QIS Apricot’ is fast growing.
It is actually a perennial in warm areas, but is so quick to grow it is often used as an annual.
Statice is very easily raised from seed and just as easily grown in the garden.
The seeds germinate in under a week, and plants are in flower in approx. 3 to 3.5 months from the day of sowing the seeds.
70-80cm High in soft apricot flowers x 30cm Wide flat to the ground foliage clump.
Rabbits & deer are not keen
The tough leaves, stems and papery flowers are not attractive to rabbits and deer.
So they tend to have it at the bottom of their menu selection.
But bees, butterflies & useful pollinators flock to Statice
While bees, butterflies and our other pollinating friends just love Statice flowers for their abundant nectar and pollen.
And appreciate them for their very long blooming season through all the hot months, when many other flowers have already given up.
How to dry Statice Flowers: Simply cut the stem to the base, remove the foliage, and hang them upside-down in a dry, well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight such as a pantry or garage. ‘QIS Apricot’ holds its soft warm colour for years when dried.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Seeds can be sown directly in the garden in spring / or indoors at any time for early advanced plants. Early indoor sowing will give the longest blooming season.
INDOORS: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently pat the seeds to the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
And cover lightly to a depth of 6mm approx. with sieved mix, grit or vermiculite.
Now place in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
And continue to keep moist.
Covering the punnet with a clear plastic lid or bag helps to maintain moisture.
Light aids germination.
And you can use a heat mat if you have one, but it is not essential as these seeds are willing germinators.
Temperatures around 20-25°C. are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
Then seeds germinate in 5-14 days.
Seed Count: 20 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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