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Stock - Katz Apricot

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Sale price$9.00
MATTHIOLA INCANA

The best coloured apricot/peach stock! These scented beauties are to die for!

The Katz series are about a 50/50 mix between doubles and singles. The doubles are what stock are mostly grown for but don't disregard the singles, they're a welcome touch of airy elegance compared to the densely packed doubles! And as the doubles are what are used/sold more often, I reckon the singles are their little secret weapon of uniqueness!

Please note, we have a minimum plant order of 5 plants (you can mix & match any plants to meet the minimum).

Our plant boxes can fit up to 10 plants per box.

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Matthiola incana

Plant Type: Hardy Annual

Ideal Location: Full Sun / Partial Shade

Spacing: 10–15cm

Height: 60cm+

Most stock (except for the Quartet series) only typically produce one flower stem per plant, so do not pinch!

Some sort of support is generally advised, the taller they get the better your support will need to be.

Stock are best grown in the cooler months, their flowers will be more prone to damage in warm wet spells.

Being apart of the brassica family, it's best to try and time sowing after your white butterfly numbers subside in autumn but with enough time to make it to flowering before their population explodes back in spring - or be prepared to net them and/or treat with weekly/fortnightly sprays of BT (Bacillus thuringiensis - organic bacteria) to keep the munching caterpillars under control.

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!)