Size- H: 100cm W: 30cm
Position- Full Sun, Partial Shade
Seed Count- 200
One of the lesser known annual plants that should be more widely grown. These stunners will flower right through spring, summer and autumn and in warmer climates for a full 12 months. They require minimal water once established. The beautiful spider like flowers have prominent stamens up to 7.5cm in length. The flowers open in succession along a slender stem and make a wonderful statement in the garden. A mixture of cherry, pink violet and white. Enjoys full sun in well drained soil. Not fussy on soil type.
Cleome seedlings hate root disturbance, so are best grown in modular trays or deep 9cm (3 ½in) pots. These are one of the few annuals that need light to germinate, so sow them in the surface of multipurpose potting compost and don’t cover them. Cleome seeds need heat, they will not germinate in temperatures less than 20°C . Place in a propagator if you have one if not place in the warmest place you can find. Water from below, standing the seed tray on a sand bed. Watering from the top will wash aside the seeds. Seedlings will usually appear within 14 days.
Pot on seedlings into 12cm pots to grow on and harden off for 10 to 14 days before planting after the last frosts. Plant them in the garden in a sunny, sheltered position once the frosts are over in May.
Plant in the Garden-
Seeds can be sown directly outdoors once the soil warms up in Nov—Dec. Prepare the ground beforehand and sow seeds thinly, up to 12mm deep. Water well. When the seedlings are 2.5cm tall, thin to 45cm apart.