Stock ‘Katz Lavender Light’

Matthiola incana

Features

  • Easy to grow
  • Fragrant
  • One-hit wonder

Description

Highly fragrant, with full, fluffy blooms, these prized plants thrive in cooler weather. With a soft smoky-lavender color and a distinctive spicy scent, a few stems of these beauties make a big impact in bouquets and wedding work and fill the air with fragrance. Half of the plants will be single-flowered, the other half double, so plant twice as many as you need.

Details

Plant type: hardy annual
Height: 18 to 30 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 90 to 100 days
Plant spacing: 6 in
Pinch: do not pinch

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Sow multiple seeds per cell indoors 6 weeks before last frost and transplant out while the weather is still cool. Can be succession-planted to stagger the harvest. Don’t pinch plants.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when half the florets on a stem are open. Change the water often to avoid a cabbage-y smell. Expect a vase life of 7 to 10 days.

Details

Description

Highly fragrant, with full, fluffy blooms, these prized plants thrive in cooler weather. With a soft smoky-lavender color and a distinctive spicy scent, a few stems of these beauties make a big impact in bouquets and wedding work and fill the air with fragrance. Half of the plants will be single-flowered, the other half double, so plant twice as many as you need.

Details

Plant type: hardy annual
Height: 18 to 30 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 90 to 100 days
Plant spacing: 6 in
Pinch: do not pinch

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Sow multiple seeds per cell indoors 6 weeks before last frost and transplant out while the weather is still cool. Can be succession-planted to stagger the harvest. Don’t pinch plants.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when half the florets on a stem are open. Change the water often to avoid a cabbage-y smell. Expect a vase life of 7 to 10 days.

Sources

How to Grow

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