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Astrantia Major

Description


Astrantia Major is a stunning and unusual flower that makes a good talking point. It has masses of delicate star like flowers that form a dense head of greenish pink from June to July. It makes for the perfect cut flower at a height of 50/60cm and is incredibly long lasting once cut. This flower is very attractive to bees and pollinators so is the ideal plant to tempt these into your garden.

Product Part Number: 53701

Pack Size: 50 Seeds

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Price (Inc. VAT): £2.50

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When to sow
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

 

WHEN TO SOW

During autumn.

WHERE TO SOW

In pots or boxes in greenhouse or cold frame.

WHEN TO TRANSPLANT

As seedlings grow, prick off into boxes or individual pots and grow on under cover to plant out in early spring.

FLOWERS

June to July.

FLOWER SEED SOWING TECHNIQUE

HARDY PERENNIAL

Prepare a nursery bed well in advance, ensuring that it is weed free. Choose a time for sowing when the soil does not stick to your shoes but is moist below the surface and fairly dry on top. The soil should be crumbly and even. Rake the surface after a light treading.

Mark out drills in the nursery bed or mark out an area for scattering the seed to rake in afterwards. Rows should be approximately 30cm apart and clearly labelled at the end.

Sow the seed carefully and thinly, aiming to get a seed every 2cm (3/4") and then gently rake the soil to cover, and firm with the back of the rake. Water gently if the weather is dry for a period, but do not water too often as this will encourage the roots to form just below the surface and you will be watering all summer long to save your plants. Aim to encourage the root to look further down for water, and you will have a more relaxed summer and a finer show of flowers in the long run.

When the plants have formed their first pair of true leaves, thin the plants to 10cm (4") apart and firm the soil around the bases.

In September or October carefully raise the plants taking a ball of soil with the roots using a trowel and plant them in the flowering site and gently water them in. It is sometimes beneficial to give a little protection from winter winds for the first year.

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