Packet Content (approx.): 10
Dierama Blackbird Flower Seeds
Plant Classification: Hardy perennial
Height (approx.): 60cm
This is a group of exquisitely beautiful plants with gracefully arching, long, fine, hair-like stems. These bear on stalks, so slender that, even on a calm day they seem to be, like mobiles, in continual movement, drooping panicles of numerous, delightful, bell-like flowers. They are hardy but prefer a rich, well-drained position and shelter from cold winds. Particularly effective on the margin of ponds.
Perhaps the darkest flowered of all Dieramas is this splendid variety producing wiry stems and cascades of gorgeous, deep claret-mauve blooms. Comes fairly true from seed. 3-4 ft.
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Sow September-November and February-April, in pots or trays of seed compost and place in a cold frame. Keep moist. Transplant seedlings to further pots or trays (in March) when large enough to handle. Grow on and plant out in flowering position, the following year, when the root system has developed. Alternatively, sow seed in a well-prepared seed bed and plant out in a well-drained flowering position in September. Flowers: July to August.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Plant in the greenhouse in individual large pots, or 3 plants per grow bag when 20cm (8in) high. Can be planted outdoors, 45cm (18in) apart once all frost risk has passed
Suitable for the vegetable garden, allotments and containers
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.