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Scabiosa - Merlot

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SCABIOSA ATROPURPUREA · PINCUSHION FLOWER

Possibly my favourite coloured scabiosa, this deep merlot red with hints of purple in it's undertones, just blends with everything! Beautifully lightly scented it also forms textural cone seedheads after flowering.  

 



Plant Type: Hardy Annual

Ideal Location: Full Sun

Spacing: 30cm

Height: 90cm+

Overwintered plants will need much more support than spring planted plants, as they will get soo much bigger.

Flowers are best harvested rather tight, when the first outer ring of petals has only just started opening, and the centres are still tight. Flowers will shatter if harvested after they are fully open.

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!)