Seeds - Mullein, Phoenician OG (SGH)
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Description: If bees could find a Shangri-La the towering spikes of Phoenician Mullein flowers may just be the place! Blooms are white with pink centers on highly architectural plants.
Pack Size: 50 seeds
Latin Name: Verbascum chaixii
Alternative Names: Nettle-leaved Mullein
Main Uses: Ornamental, naturescape, medicinal
Zone Hardiness: Annual (possibly reseeding)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 120 cm (48 inches)
Flower Colour: White with pink centres
Flowering Time: Mid through late summer
Germination: 14 - 21 days at 21ºC.
Indoors: 3 - 5 seeds per plug or starter pot, 6 - 8 weeks before average last frost date. Use biodegradable starter pots for easiest transplanting.
Planting out: Plant in loose, fertile soil once all chance of frost has passed.
Direct Seeding: Maltese Cross can be direct-seeded to the garden in late May, but plants are not likely to flower in their first season.
Planting depth: Surface, lightly pressed into the soil.
Spacing: Space transplants 30 - 45 cm (12" - 18") apart.
Growing in Containers: Grows very well in larger containers and raised beds but not smaller pots.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not well suited to mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, well-draining organic-based potting mix. Feed regularly with organic fertilizer. An organic bloom-booster fertilizer at first onset of buds will encourage larger blooms and more abundant flowering.
Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor pots every day or two during very hot weather.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in average garden soil, amended with compost on an annual basis. No additional fertilizing required.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Many butterflies as well as bees love to visit Mullein.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.