LIATRIS spicata 'Kobold Strain'

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LIATRIS spicata 'Kobold Strain'

Dwarf Blazing Star, Dwarf Spike Gayfeather
[Goblin]
Select Item No. LA188

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
Please switch to gram for larger quantities.



Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: USA: Maine to Florida, westwards to Louisiana
Special Features: A lower growing seed strain with the same impressive architectural flowering spikes as the wild species. lilac-rose blossoms on stiff spikes that flower (interestingly!) from the top down. Easy and reliable from seed, attracts bees. Will prefer a bit more moisture than other Liatris species. Variable.
 
Basic Colour: (violet)
Flower Colour: lilac-rose
Natural Flowering Period: July - September
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z8
Foliage: narrow basal leaves 25 cm long
Growth Habit: erect / clumping / compact / low-growing
Height with Flowers: 50 cm
Spacing between Plants: 50 cm
Soil Requirements: dry / well-drained / average
Location:
Usage: honey-bee food plant / flowering pot plant
Grams per 1000 seeds: 3.33333 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
300
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
10 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72 / 128
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):
Anytime
Sowing to Germination: 2 - 3 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 8 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 10 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Not Necessary.
Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2")
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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