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Lavatera Seeds, Silvercup

Lavatera trimestris
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Lavatera Silvercup grows in dense, bushy, mounds. Plants are clad in attractive, dark green foliage and covered with 10 cm (4") flowers. This variety has the brightest of all mallow blooms! The easy-to-grow plants are ideal as a mixed border or a quick-growing, compact summer hedge.


  • SKU: 100383
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Safe for bees
Safe
for Bees
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
10 to 21 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
Growing height
Growing Height:
60 cm (24")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Flower
  • Botanical Name: Lavatera trimestris
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.4
  • Approximate Seed Count: 55-60
  • Common Name: Mallow
  • Characteristics: profuse blooming | low maintenance | attracts polliinators
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Color: Vivid pink
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Harvest/Bloom Season: July to Frost
  • Tolerance: drought tolerant once established
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    Growing Instructions:

    Lavatera seeds can be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be warmer than 21°C (70°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 6 mm (1/4") of soil. After planting, water the seeds with a gentle mist or shower. A hard spray can wash soil away, dislodge seeds and clump them together. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. Do not let the soil dry out, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation and room to grow.

    For earlier blooms, seeds can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist, while they establish themselves in their new environment.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 6 mm (1/4")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
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Growing Suggestions:
  • Lavatera is fast-growing and can be prone to flopping when grown in the shade.
  • Regularly removing spent flowers, known as deadheading will promote continuous blooming and encourage the growth of fresh buds.
  • Well-draining soil is necessary as the plant does poorly in soggy soil which will cause stress to the plant and may lead to root rot. Water only when the soil is dry.
  • Be careful not to over-fertilize as this can result in lots of foliage and few flowers.

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