CENTRANTHUS ruber var. coccineus

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CENTRANTHUS ruber var. coccineus

Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard, Fox's Brush
[Pretty Bettsy]
Select Item No. CA348

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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: Valerianaceae
Origin: Mediterranean, Europe, North Africa to Asia: rocky soil.
Special Features: Charming old fashioned perennial with clusters of bright red flowers, variable.
 
Basic Colour: (red / scarlet / purple)
Flower Colour: light red
Natural Flowering Period: May - August
Flowering: First year flowering
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z5 - Z8
Foliage: simple, ovate, glabrous, greyish green
Growth Habit: erect / clumping
Height with Flowers: 60 cm
Spacing between Plants: 45 cm
Soil Requirements: dry / well-drained / average
Location:
Characteristics: medicinal plant
Usage: suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 2 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
500
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
5 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 128 / 288
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 - 6 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 8 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): 1-2 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: 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: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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