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|Distinction:||Award of Garden Merit (A.G.M.) from the Royal Horticultural Society. |
Selected as Perennial Plant of the year from the PPA (Perennial Plant Association).
|Special Features:||Consistent dark-leaved foliage. A truly reliable seed strain. Outstanding foliage plant, suitable also for floral arrangements. Perennial Plant of the Year 1991 in North America. Cool, evenly moist soils preferred though any well-drained soil will suffice.|
|Historical:||The result of breeding work undertaken by JELITTO PERENNIAL SEED to improve the already popular 'Palace Purple', which had become plagued with very inconsistent seed strains. Introduced by JELITTO PERENNIAL SEEDS in 1996.|
|Basic Colour:||(white / cream)|
|Natural Flowering Period:||June - August|
|Flowering:||First year flowering|
|Winter Hardiness Zones:||Z3 - Z9|
|Foliage:||nearly round, to ovate, with scalloped edges, metallic bronze-purple|
|Height with Flowers:||60 cm|
|Spacing between Plants:||40 cm|
|Characteristics:||ornamental foliage plant|
|Usage:||for the rock garden / suitable for cutting|
|Grams per 1000 seeds:||0.05 Gram|
|Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
|Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
|Sowing Rates/Trays:||7 - 8 per cell|
|Plug tray recommended size(s):||128 / 288|
(4) These are very tiny seeds which should be mixed with finest sand or talcum for an even sowing. Do not cover with compost, only press them in gently. Irrigate from the bottom or with a hand-sprayer, so that the seeds will not be washed away.
(8) These perennial seeds germinate very irregularly over a long period. Lower temperatures of less than +5°C [41°F] are very effective. Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained. Do not leave in direct sunlight. For Alstroemeria we recommend to keep sowing for 3 weeks at approximately +30°C [86°F], then 3 weeks at +5°C [41°F], then at +21°C [70°F].
|Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
|late autumn - early spring|
|Germination to Transplant:||6 - 8 weeks|
|Transplanting to Potting:||6 - 8 weeks|
|Cutting back at Transplanting:||Not Necessary.|
|Container Size(s):||1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2")|
|Vernalization:||No vernalization required for flowering in the first year.|
|Forcing:||This species is not a suitable candidate for forcing.|
|Fertilizer:||Medium (150-200 ppm)|