Seed To Bloom:
Start in containers 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at about 70°F.
Recommended. Direct sow in early spring and sow at 3 week intervals until June for all season bloom.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
A more demure version of the typical double-flowered baby's breath found in floral shops, 'Covent Garden' is the perfect addition to bouquets and cottage garden borders in sharply drained, alkaline soils. Pinch when young to encourage bushy growth and shear after flowering to promote a second, later bloom or sow twice a season, three weeks apart. Provide support with twiggy brush placed early in windy sites.
About 1" per week. Drought tolerant once fully established.
Neutral to slightly alkaline
If soil is especially poor, mix in an inch or two of compost prior to planting. Excess fertilizer will promote vegetative growth which can cause the plants to become weak and therefore susceptible to wind and heavy rain damage.
Diseases & Pests:
Excessively fertile soil will cause weak, overly vegetative plants with fewer blooms. Avoid fertile soils.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when the flowers are 3/4 to fully open.