Akila Purple (Hybrid Osteospermum)
Latin Name: Osteospermum ecklonis
Item #: 1802B
Suitable for Containers:
Suitable for Small Pots
(10-14 in/ 25-36 cm) Flowers open silver and intensify to purple.
(10-14 in/ 25-36 cm) One of the best seed grown Osteos for both plant habit and seed quality. Flowers open silver and intensify to purple.Compact plants branch without pinching.No vernalization is needed. Mature plants have good drought tolerance.
Hardy Annual 2,500 seeds per oz./28 g
CULTURE: Sow in the greenhouse April 1st for flowers in paks about 80 days later, or Sept. 15th for heavy flowering larger plants about 110 days later. Germinate seed @ 70°F/21°C for 7-10 days. Grow plants @ 65-70°F/18-21°C daytime and 40-50°F/10°C nighttime temps. Use one growth regulator treatment of Cycocel @ 1:400 or 2500 ppm of B-Nine - 50 to 60 days after sowing. Young five inch plants should flower in the paks at cool temps. Approx. 2500 seeds per oz. (90 seeds per gram). Multi-branched 12-18 in/31-46 cm plants maintain their compact, bushy shape without pinching. Plants have long flower cycles during cool weather and continue flowering at night, providing outdoor temps stay below 75°F/24°C Higher day time temps will reduce flowers until cooler weather arrives. Plants like well drained, dry, sandy soil, are drought tolerant and grow better in full sun.