BAPTISIA australis var. minor

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BAPTISIA australis var. minor

Blue Wild Indigo
(minor)
Select Item No. BA016

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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: Papilionaceae
Origin: Parts of Central USA; Ontario and Quebec, Canada
Special Features: Long-lived perennial with shorter habit than it's cousin, Baptisia australis. Flowers distinct over the foliage. Drought resistant.
Historical: Native American traditional uses include--source of blue dye, eyewash, tea, poultice to relieve tooth pain, children used dried seeds pods as rattles.
 
Basic Colour: (violet)
Flower Colour: lilac-blue
Natural Flowering Period: June - August
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z9
Foliage: trifoliate leaves with oblong leaflets, blue-green
Growth Habit: upright, erect / compact / sturdy
Height with Flowers: 80 cm
Spacing between Plants: 80 cm
Soil Requirements: dry / well-drained / average
Location:
Characteristics: decorative fruit
Usage: for the rock garden
Grams per 1000 seeds: 20 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
50
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
40 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): open flats / 72
Sowing Direction:

(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
Sowing to Germination: 6 - 8 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 6 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") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
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: This species is not a suitable candidate for forcing.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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