Flowering Tobacco ‘Bronze Queen’

Nicotiana langsdorffii

Features

  • Cut-and-come-again
  • Pollinator-friendly
  • Suitable for partial shade

Description

These blooms add an airy sparkle to the garden and the vase. Tall, slender stems carry chocolate-purple flowers that are outward-facing and slightly nodding. Petal backs have a bronze cast. This plant is loved by pollinators and will flower all summer long when deadheaded regularly.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 24 to 36 in
Site: suitable for some degree of shade
Days to maturity: 90 days
Plant spacing: 12 in
Pinch: not necessary

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Sow seed indoors in trays 6 to 8 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Seed requires light to germinate, so do not cover. Bottom-water until seedlings emerge. In areas with hot summer weather, plant in partial shade.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when one-third of flowers are open on a stem. Flowers are especially wilt prone, so always harvest during the coolest part of the day. Immediately after harvest, dip the bottom few inches of the stems in boiling water for 7 to 10 seconds, or use Quick Dip, then place into cool water. Remove spent flowers from the lower half of the stems every few days. Expect a vase life of 7 days.

Details

Description

These blooms add an airy sparkle to the garden and the vase. Tall, slender stems carry chocolate-purple flowers that are outward-facing and slightly nodding. Petal backs have a bronze cast. This plant is loved by pollinators and will flower all summer long when deadheaded regularly.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 24 to 36 in
Site: suitable for some degree of shade
Days to maturity: 90 days
Plant spacing: 12 in
Pinch: not necessary

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Sow seed indoors in trays 6 to 8 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Seed requires light to germinate, so do not cover. Bottom-water until seedlings emerge. In areas with hot summer weather, plant in partial shade.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when one-third of flowers are open on a stem. Flowers are especially wilt prone, so always harvest during the coolest part of the day. Immediately after harvest, dip the bottom few inches of the stems in boiling water for 7 to 10 seconds, or use Quick Dip, then place into cool water. Remove spent flowers from the lower half of the stems every few days. Expect a vase life of 7 days.

Sources

How to Grow

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