Seed To Bloom:
Soak seed overnight and sow in pots 4-6 weeks before last frost. Keep at 60-70°F.
Direct sow in fall in warm areas (zones 8+).
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Cerinthe is native to the Mediterranean, where it grows as a biennial. However, it is grown in northern gardens as a summer blooming annual. The little bell-shaped flowers attract bees and hummingbirds, turning your garden into a hive of activity. Colorful bracts surrounding the flowers change to a more vivid hue in cool fall weather. Provide about 1" of mulch to keep the soil cool and help retain moisture. Honeywort grows best in regular soils, as rich soils will encourage sprawling growth.
Water regularly, but do not overwater—about 1" per week.
Prefers slightly alkaline.
Apply a 1/2" layer of compost when planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Prevent slug problems by sprinkling diatomaceous earth or pelletized iron phosphate on the soil around the plants.