Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 35-40°F for 1 week, then 65-70°F.
Direct sow at last frost date.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Lavatera makes a beautiful bedding plant, often grown as a hedge or in the mid border. Try it in a large container too. Does best where summer weather is moderate and nights cool down; in hot summer areas afternoon shade is beneficial. An excellent cut flower that lasts well in water. Deadhead for continued bloom until late fall.
About 1" per week, regular, even moisture best.
Mix in a few inches of compost prior to planting. If soil is poor, supplement with an organic fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
Root rot can be troublesome if planted in wet areas—avoid by planting in well-drained locations. Japanese beetles should be picked off early in the morning into a bowl of soapy water.
When to Cut for Bouquets: