Very adaptable I have had success both growing undercover in the poly tunnel and equally outside in the garden giving armfuls of spires in June and early July.
After many trials I have selected this particular series as one of the most rewarding stocks for you to grow.
Stock Apricot is easy to mix with other flowers and the colour adds a ‘touch of class’ to the garden and your arrangements.
Half of the plants will be single flowered, the other half double, so plant twice as many as you need.
How to grow:
Easy to grow, start seeds early in Spring allowing plants time to grow before the Summer heat pushes them into bloom. Provide support for nice straight stems. DO NOT PINCH Stocks, they flower just once per stem! Belonging to the cabbage family watch out for slugs, flea beetles and aphids. For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Matthiola incana
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Germination: 10-15 days
Pinching: Must Not Pinch!
Harvest: June onwards (90 days to maturity)
Seeds per packet: 100
Cutting /Vase Life:
Harvest when one-third to one-half of the flowers are open straight into to waiting buckets of cool water. We rest stems in water for at least a few hours, preferably overnight, this is called conditioning. Stocks are a very long lasting cut flower with a vase life of up to 10 days.