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Hands down my favourite lace flower of them all! Its fluffy larger outer petals make it all the more reminiscent of lacework, and a total attention stealer.

Space about 20-25cm apart in a mostly sunny spot. Reasonably good at holding itself upright (but I always grow in large groups that hold each other up, so some support maybe necessary). Annual - but leave it to self seed and it'll almost feel like a perennial.


Plant Type: Hardy Annual

Ideal Location: Full Sun / Partial Shade

Spacing: 15–30cm

Height: 70cm+

Orlaya is a prolific self seeder, remove seed pods before they brown off to limit their volunteers.

Reasonably good at keeping themselves upright during springs storms, support is likely not needed (unless it always blows a fierce gale where you plant).

Flowers hold best when harvested after the first flower on the stem has just set seed and the stems are firm. Orlaya can be wilty when it gets warmer.

A Note on Hardening Off

All our plants are grown as we would grow & plant ourselves, which means we typically do not harden off (acclimatise) any of our smaller plants before planting.

Instead, after planting, we always cover all our plants with some sort of frost/mikroclima type cloth over wire low hoops. We leave this cover on till the plants are too big for the cover (usually a couple months later). We have found this extra layer of prolonged cover does away with any need to faff around hardening off plants, and the difference between any plants under these low hoops and those with zero transitionary cover is astonishing!

Prior to planting we also always give our plants a very good soak in water with a swig of seaweed solution and innoculate our plants with beneficial microorganisms. This helps alleviate stress, and start all our plants off with the best possible beginnings.

If however you don't / can't plant under some similar sort of cover, then we do definitely recommend you give your plants 5–14 days to slowly acclimatise to your less protected environment before planting out. We are reasonably mild compared to more southern growers, so easing the plants into colder climates is definitely advised.

Cloth: Polynet / Redpath
Hoops: 4mm Fencing Wire (which we cut up to fit our beds, with bolt cutters as fencing pliers are waaay too hard on our hands!)