Summer Pastels Mix (Achillea)
Latin Name: Achillea millefolium
Item #: 481
Suitable for Cutting:
All America Selections Winner
(24 in/61 cm) F2 Hybrid. Mix of pink, rose, apricot, cream, tan, purple, red, white. AAS Winner. Pkt. contains 100 seeds.
(24 in/61 cm) F2 Hybrid. Mix of pink, rose, apricot, cream, tan, purple, red, white. Pkt. contains 100 seeds.
Perennial Approx. 140,000 seeds per oz/28 g
A popular perennial used for fresh cut flowers or dried bouquets. Flower heads resemble wild carrot or Queen Anne's Lace and are pastel colored including many bicolors and primary shades. This species is a refined hybrid of a species found in both Europe and North America. Although seed can be sown outdoors in late May, plants will not flower the first season. To assure first year blooms seed must be sown earlier indoors.
CULTURE: Sow seed indoors at least 6 to 8 weeks before spring perennial bedding plant sales, Feb. 25th - Apr. 15th. Seed is quite fine, press into the surface but do not cover because the seed needs light to sprout. Germinate at 68°F/20°C during the day and lower soil temperatures at night, during the germination period. This improves germination (about 85%) which usually takes about 10 days. Grow seedlings cooler at 60°F/16°C. Young plants should be large enough to sell in 8 weeks but can be moved outdoors to harden off in 6 weeks. Plants should mature in August/September from seed the first year from an indoor or greenhouse seeding. This species is particularly effective when used in background clumps of 5 or 6 plants spaced about 12 in/31 cm apart. It gives a hardy perennial wild flower flavor to the planting area.