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Nemophila Seeds, Penny Black

Nemophila menziesii
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Penny Black Nemophila features small, almost black flowers that are picotee with a broad white edge. This delightful little gem is a perfect accent plant for rock gardens, borders, and edging along pathways. Small patios, containers, and window boxes also make excellent homes for this flower.

  • SKU: 142237
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Safe for bees
Safe
for Bees
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun|Partial Sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
7 to 12 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
Best container size
Best
Container Size:
Yes
Growing height
Growing Height:
10-15 cm (4-6")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Flower
  • Botanical Name: Nemophila menziesii
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.5
  • Approximate Seed Count: 200-225
  • Common Name: Baby Black Eyes
  • Characteristics: low maintenance | trailing | attracts pollinators | container friendly | rock garden plant
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Color: Deep purple almost black with white edging
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Harvest/Bloom Season: June to August
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Nemophila 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 20°C (68°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. As the seedcoats are hard, nick them with a sharp knife, or nail clippers, being careful not to damage the embryo inside and soak them overnight (but not longer) in room temperature water before planting to hasten 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 1.3 cm (1/2") 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 4-6 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.
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Part afternoon shade is best in hot summer climates. Flowering may decline in hot and humid weather.
  • Regularly removing spent flowers, known as deadheading will promote continuous blooming and encourage the growth of fresh buds.

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