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|Article Type:||(GOLD NUGGET SEED ®)|
|Special Features:||Very decorative, purple-colored, fern-like foliage and thornless flowers. Perfectly suited for planting in the crevices of paving stones or wall plantings.|
|Natural Flowering Period:||July - August|
|Winter Hardiness Zones:||Z5 - Z8|
|Foliage:||fern-like, purple-colored, feathery|
|Growth Habit:||stoloniferous / mat-forming / compact / low-growing|
|Height with Flowers:||10 cm|
|Spacing between Plants:||30 cm|
|Soil Requirements:||well-drained / average|
|Characteristics:||ornamental foliage plant / groundcover|
|Grams per 1000 seeds:||2.5 Gram|
|Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
|Sowing Rates/Trays:||2 per cell|
|Plug tray recommended size(s):||128 / 288|
(16) See 15 with the exception of germination being slower and more irregular. This poses no problems.
(15) Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C [68°F]. Seeds must be covered thinly. Do not cover very small seeds, but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.
|Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
|Sowing Time Hint:||Germinates after 5-6 weeks at +26°C.|
|Sowing to Germination:||5 - 6 weeks|
|Germination to Transplant:||4 - 8 weeks|
|Transplanting to Potting:||6 - 10 weeks|
|Cutting back at Transplanting:||Not Necessary.|
|Container Size(s):||1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2")|
|Vernalization:||A prudent recommendation would be to provide 6-12 weeks at an average daily temperature of 40°F (5°C). Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.|
|Forcing:||An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.|
|Fertilizer:||Light (100-150 ppm)|