For years I grew the perennial version of this, they were picky plants and usually didn’t survive very long. When I discovered the annual version with their long stems I fell in love, so did all the bees in my garden. This variety is very black, the buds almost look like black raspberries before they open. A long-lasting cut flower, it makes a perfect addition to the cutting garden. Every now and then, one of the plants will produce pink blooms instead of black. The seed heads are equally as enchanting in the garden, in case you forget to keep dead heading, you will still have beauty, just no blooms.
DAYS TO MATURITY
90 – 100 Days
DAYS TO GERMINATION:
10-12 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C)
Transplant – Sow 4-6 weeks before last frost. Barely cover as light aids germination. Transplant to cell packs or larger containers when the first true leaves appear. In the greenhouse, grow transplants at 50-55°F (10-13°C) to keep the plants from stretching. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost. Direct seed – After last frost date. Successive plantings every 2-3 weeks until midsummer give the best quality flowers and pods. May require support.