KNAUTIA macedonica 'Melton Pastels'

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KNAUTIA macedonica 'Melton Pastels'

Pincushion Plant
[Watercolours]
Select Item No. KA035

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
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Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Dipsacaceae
Origin: Central Europe
Special Features: Long blooming in a great array of colors. Makes a great accent plant in a container.
 
Basic Colour: (mixture)
Flower Colour: pink, wine-red, salmon and light blue pastel colours
Natural Flowering Period: June - September
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z5 - Z10
Foliage: deep green, dissected
Growth Habit: broad, large
Height with Flowers: 120 cm
Spacing between Plants: 40 cm
Soil Requirements: average
Location:
Usage: suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 4.54545 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
220
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
20 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 4 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72
Sowing Direction:

(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):
summer - autumn
Sowing to Germination: 3 - 8 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 3 - 5 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 4 - 6 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Cut back 1-2 times; once at transplanting; once again 4 weeks later to keep more compact.
Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: There is no current research on vernalization but a prudent recommendation for any perennial would be 6-12 weeks (a few might need 15 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: There has been no research, but 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. Some later flowering species can be forced in 14 - 16 weeks and perhaps sooner at warmer temperatures. Further experiments are warranted.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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