Strawflower - Deep Pink
A lovely deep rose pink strawflower, and probably the most vigorous colour of them all!
Strawflowers are the absolute workhorses of the cutting garden, flowering all season long, and then dried they will last for seemingly ever.
APPROX 50 SEEDS
IDEAL SOWING TIME
|Ideal Planting Method
Strawflowers can be planted in Autumn to overwinter and flower earlier in most areas. They can handle light frosts, they do resent wet feet and I personally lose a few plants throughout our wet winters, so if you'd like a better survival rate, or get harder frosts a mid-late Spring sowing might be best.
You can pinch out the centres at about 30cm, but the first un-pinched stem typically flowers larger & with more heads so can also skip pinching and just harvest that first stem quite deep.
Kept harvested/deadheaded they will flower all season long.
Strawflowers can be a little wimpy when harvested too early, I've found putting them in the chiller straight after harvesting helps with younger stems, but if in doubt leave them till they start opening up and their centres just start to show.
If drying however it's best to harvest a little earlier, before their centres open as they will keep opening after they're cut.
Flowers do close up on cloudy days.