How to grow statice from seed (Limonium sinuatum)
In this article, we will learn step by step how to grow statice from seed (Limonium sinuatum).
Some say these plants look like herbs. And it’s even true when they’re not in bloom. However, when they bloom they bring a show of flowers to the garden. And we are talking about cut flowers of excellence!
Although many annuals can be sown directly in the garden, sowing early seeding in a sheltered location gives the plants an advance in growth and a more assured germination that generally produces better results.
Seeds can be sown in pots or trays and kept at good temperature in a greenhouse, cold frame or even inside in a sunny window sill.
You can buy statice seeds in garden centers, in supermarkets or online. Check the package to see if the seeds are within expiration date and if it is sealed and in good condition.
If you need to store seeds for some time, do so in a cool, dry place. A refrigerator is perfect for it.
Statice seeds are small but they are easily handled to sow in a tray.
When to sow
Limonium sinuatum can be sown from late winter to mid spring. You can start them earlier in a sheltered place. Keep in mind they will need to be protected until the last frost has passed.
How to sow
Fill the tray with good quality seed compost adding some grit or coarse sand for good drainage. Leave some space below the pot edge. Lightly press the soil to make it firmer.
Distribute the seeds in the soil. Do not sow too much tighter.
Then lightly cover the seeds with more soil. Water the tray with a fine-grained watering can or dip the tray in a bucket of water so it is absorbed from bottom-up.
Cover the seed tray to improve germination and place in a slightly warm place. Statice seeds germinate easily.
How to plant
Five weeks have passed since the sowing above. The seedlings are well developed.
When the seedlings are at this stage it is time to replant them individually so they can grow more before planting in the final location.
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