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Four O'Clock 'Marbles Tricolor'
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Four O'Clock 'Marbles Tricolor'

Mirabilis jalapa
We must wait until the sun is low in the sky for these fragrant trumpets to announce their presence, revealing pearly yellow, pink, and white swirls on flowers fit for a soiree. Hummingbirds will be some of the last guests to arrive, visiting each bloom and sipping sweet nectar before the night curtains draw close.
SKU #S1924
Caution: Poisonous. The purchaser assumes all liability related to the use of this product.
$3.50
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
27
Lifecycle
Annual; tender perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
8,
9,
10
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
2-3' h x 2' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Mix of pink, white and yellow in varying amounts on each bloom.
Features
Great for containers
Deer Resistant
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/4-1/2"
Sprout Time:
5-30 days
Seed To Bloom:
12 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Start in pots 6-8 weeks before last spring frost. Keep at 70°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Recommended. Direct sow 1 week after last spring frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
In springtime, after all danger of frost has passed.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Marvel of Peru they were called by early herbalists, who raved about this "Marvel of the World" for its various bright flower colors intermingled on the same plant. They grow rapidly from their football-shaped dark seeds and soon branch into a small shrub studded with masses of sweetly scented flowers combining the perfumes of floral rose and citrus that wait until dusk to open. Heat, humidity, and drought tolerant once fully established, they also attract hummingbirds. Once fall arrives or under cloudy skies, they often stay open during the daylight hours. If you want to overwinter the tuberous roots, dig up in autumn after frost and store them in a reasonably dry medium in a cool, dry, frost-free location, such as a garage or basement. Caution: mildly toxic roots and seeds.
Final Spacing:
1-1.5'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Drought tolerant where perennial due to large tuberose roots. 1" of water per week elsewhere, as regular watering will promote more flowering.
Soil pH:
Acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in a time release organic granular fertilizer; alternatively, feed monthly with a water soluble fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
No serious diseases or pests; if aphids appear on young plants, hose down or mist daily until the insects disappear. Japanese beetles can be picked off early morning and drowned in soapy water.