Flowering Plants

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Fabulous florals

Beautiful cottage flowers may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you hear Nigella! Yates® Nigella Persian Jewels, also known by the delightful name ‘Love-in-a-Mist’, is a very pretty annual flower with delicate fern like foliage and detailed white, pink and light blue-mauve blooms. Starting in February, seed should be sown direct where they are to grow in a sunny or partly shaded area and covered only lightly with some Yates Seed Raising Mix. Reaching 40 – 60 cm tall, they make a gorgeous cottage style border, bed or potted plant. Trim spent flowers regularly to encourage a longer flowering period.

And if you’re after bold colour for a sheltered, partly shaded area you can’t go past cinerarias. Yates Cineraria Starships is a compact variety, growing to around 30 cm tall, with large flower heads in bright colourful clusters. Cineraria seed needs light to germinate, so the very fine seed should only be pressed into trays of Yates Seed Raising Mix, misted gently with water and kept in a warm place. For best results, cover the tray with plastic cling film to help keep the mix moist. Seedlings can be transplanted out into the garden or into a pot when they are large enough to handle. Planted en masse, cinerarias are breathtaking, so it’s well worth growing lots of seedlings.

Cinerarias grown in shady conditions display the most intense colours and flowering potted cinerarias can be brought indoors for a few days at a time.

Flower care: protect new nigella and cineraria seedlings from destructive snails and slugs with a light sprinkling of Yates Blitzem™ Snail & Slug Pellets. Once the nigella and cineraria seedlings are established, feed each week with Yates Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. It’s specially formulated for flowering plants, with the right balance of nutrients to encourage both healthy green leaf growth and lots of flowers.



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