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Stocks Seeds, Night Scented Matthiola

Matthiola longipetala
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Graceful, compact plants with loads of fragrant flowers in exquisite shades of soft lilac, pink and white. Perfume your entire garden when the flowers open in the evening. Popular for bedding and container growing.

  • SKU: 100448
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Safe for bees
for Bees
Grow best in
Best In:
Full Sun
Days to germination
Days to
7 to 10 days
Water needs
Average 2.5 cm (1") per week
Best container size
Container Size:
Growing height
Growing Height:
45 cm (18")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Flower
  • Botanical Name: Matthiola longipetala
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.375
  • Approximate Seed Count: 700-725
  • Characteristics: fragrant | attracts pollinators | cutting flower | container friendly | profuse bloomer | easy to grow
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Color: Soft lilac, pink and white
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5 cm (1") per week
  • Harvest/Bloom Season: July to August
  • Scent: Nutmeg/vanilla
  • Disease Resistance: disease resistant
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    Growing Instructions:

    Stocks do not like to be tranplanted and it is best if they are 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 12°C (53°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Choose a planting location in partial shade. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and do not cover the seed with 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 cover Snapdragon seed when starting seed indoors. 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 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: 3 mm (1/8")
  • Seed Spacing: 1.3 cm (1/2")

  • 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.
  • Plant Spread: 20 cm (8")
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Regularly removing spent flowers, known as deadheading will promote continuous blooming and encourage the growth of fresh buds.
  • Harvest flowers when they have just opened. Click here to learn more about harvesting flowers.
  • A second sowing can be made in mid-summer to extend the flowering period.

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