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Delft Blue Nigella

Distinctive violet-blue streaks on snowy white petals. A well loved cottage flower named for the famous Dutch Delft blue pottery. Easy to grow, the fresh flowers and unusual dried seed pods make outstanding cut flowers. Grows 18-24”.

100 Seeds

PLANTING

Nigella damascena

Annual 

Germination: 14-30 days

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface, lightly cover

Starting Indoors:  Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperature. Using peat, cow, or paper pots can help with the stress of transplanting, they grow delicate roots and successful transplanting may be challenging. Transplant, 18-24" apart after the last frost. Water seedling regularly until established. 

Sowing Outdoors:  Mid spring when soil is over 60ºF. Sow a few seeds every 2-3". Thin to the most robust seedling. Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous supply of flowers.

Growth Habit: Branching

Height and Width: 18-20"' x 10-12"

Spacing: 3-6"

Light Needs:  Full sun 

Soil Needs:  Average, well drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: 65-70 days

Uses: Cut flowers, borders for flower beds, mass plantings, wildflower and cottage gardens

Care: Deadhead to encourage more blooms or keep the spent flowers on the plant so they can grow into decorative seed pods.