Also known as ‘Heartsease’. This is a delightful low growing plant with colourful little blooms of violet and yellow. It will grow to a height of only 15 to 30cms tall and doesnt require much attention once established. It is a frost tender perennial and will bloom profusely and then later die. You can let it seed for the following season.
Spring sow for flowers the same year. Autumn sow for flowers the following year. Autumn sow under under glass. Fill a pot with 90% compost 10% sand. Sow 2mm deep and cover lightly with soil. Ideal temp. 22 degrees C. If seed germinates straight away, transplant, otherwise seed will be dormant but ready to germinate the following soring. Spring sowing as above, if seeds have not germinated in 2-4 weeks, cold stratify. Move to 4 degrees C. for 6-8 weeksthen return to warmth at 10 degrees C. When seedlings have 2 true leaves transplant to 8cm pots. Grow on for a year before finally planting out with 50cm spacing.