STOCK – SPRING & WINTER SEEDS
- SKU: Winter-Seeds-012
Stock flowers are renowned for their tall spikes adorned with colorful, fragrant blooms. These flowers come in a variety of shades, including white, pink, purple, and lavender. The blooms are densely packed, creating a visually stunning effect.
Stock flowers are typically sown indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost. The seeds can be started in trays or pots, and once the seedlings are strong enough, they can be transplanted outdoors. In areas with mild winters, you can also sow the seeds directly in the garden in late fall.
1. **Sunlight:** Stock flowers thrive in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
2. **Soil:** Well-draining soil is crucial for these flowers. They prefer slightly alkaline soil but can adapt to various soil types.
3. **Watering:** Keep the soil consistently moist. However, avoid waterlogged conditions, as this can lead to root rot.
Stock flowers can be susceptible to fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and rust. To prevent these issues, provide adequate spacing between plants for good air circulation, and avoid overhead watering.
Common pests that may affect stock flowers include aphids and caterpillars. Regularly inspect the plants for any signs of infestation and treat them promptly. Insecticidal soap or neem oil can be effective and are less harmful to beneficial insects.
Use a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer when planting stock flowers. Additionally, a side dressing of fertilizer during the growing season can promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. Be cautious not to over-fertilize, as this can lead to excessive foliage growth at the expense of flowers.
– Deadhead spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering.
– Mulch around the plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
– Stake tall varieties to provide support.
By following these guidelines, you can cultivate vibrant and fragrant stock flowers in your garden. Happy gardening!
Packet, 500 & Above Seeds