Marine Lemoine Strain (Heliotrope)
Latin Name: Heliotropium arborescens
Item #: 985
HELIOTROPE (Cherry Pie)
Annual 24 in/61 cm Approx. 50,000 seeds per oz/28 g
GREENHOUSE: A slow growing plant that should be started indoors by Mar. 1st for July blooms. Germinate at 70 - 80°F/21 - 27°C soil temp for 20 days. Press seed lightly into the surface and cover with a fine dusting of soil. Maintain air temp. of 70 - 80°F/21 - 27°C days and 60°F/16°C nights for 15 - 20 days after germination - then grow seedlings and plants @ 60°F/16°C to prevent soft growth. Plants are ready for sale or outdoor transplanting about 10 - 12 weeks from seeding. Space plants 12 in/31 cm apart. Heliotrope can be used as a fragrant dark blue cut flower (sweet vanilla scent) or for intermediate height backgrounds. Mix clumps of Heliotrope with Salvia or Marigolds for good contrast. They may also be grown in 5 in/13 cm terrace pots or large window boxes, where some afternoon shade is available to keep plants short. Heliotrope may also be grown in full sun, with rich soil. This plant really attracts the bees to your garden.
DIRECT SEEDING: Plants develop too slow for outdoor seeding in some northern areas. In temperate climates, sow outdoors June 1st. as above. An excellent cut flower.