Day 1 of the Advent Calendar: Phlox Twinkle Star Dwarf
Day 1 of The Rose Press Garden 'Flower Seed Advent Calendar' is finally here...!
I'm so excited to reveal day one is Phlox Twinkle Star Dwarf mix... a totally gorgeous mix of pinks, purples and white flowers in the shape of stars. These are brilliant for pots, containers and at the front of borders. I grew these in my garden this summer and I had soooo many compliments!
Phlox Twinkle Star Dwarf Mixed produces masses of attractive star-shaped flowers in a bright mixture of colours. This dwarf, compact variety is well suited for containers, summer beds and the front of borders.
- Producing dainty flowers over a long season.
- Dwarf, compact habit ideal for small spaces.
- Excellent choice for ground cover.
Suitable For - Bedding plants, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, borders, flowers for cutting
Sowing Months - February - May
Flowering Months - June - September
To help with moisture retention and fertility add a good amount of well rotted manure or compost to the soil. If the soil is a heavy clay add some gritty sand to help with drainage. Remove weeds from the area.
|Habit||Annual||Soil type||Fertile, well drained soil|
|Type||Distance between plants||15 - 25 cm|
|Position||Full sun||Sowing depth||2mm indoors, 5mm outdoors|
|Average height||15 cm||Germination Temperature||13 to 18℃|
|Average spread||10 - 25 cm||Days to germination||7 - 25 days|
|Hardiness||Hardy down to -5||RHS Bee friendly||No|
|Soil Ph||RHS Award winner||No|
Early Sowing/Module Sowing
From Feb onwards sow seeds on the surface of moist compost in trays, modules or pots.
Lightly cover the seeds with vermiculite or compost.
Place in a propagator or a clear polythene bag and seal. Germinate in a dark location at the temperature suggested above.
Once germination has started remove from the bag or propagator and position in a well lit area with a reduced temperature. Protect from direct exposure to hot sun and frost.
When large enough to handle transplant into 7.5 cm pots.
Grow on in a greenhouse or cold frame. Protect from frost.
Plant out when all risk of frost has passed and the plants are growing strong.
Harden off the phlox plants over 7 - 10 days before planting out to reduce shock.
Thinly sow the seeds in late April - May in well prepared seeds beds where the plants are to flower in rows 30 cm apart at the depth suggested above. The soil should be a fine tilth.
When large enough to handle thin to 15 - 25 cm apart.