Start indoors in pots 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 35-40°F for 3 weeks, then 65-70°F. Alternately, chill seeds in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for three weeks before sowing at room temperature.
Recommended. Direct sow 2-3 weeks before last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
A beloved classic cottage garden flower with roots in the Mediterranean, Malope transforms into a semi-shrub studded with clusters of satiny blossoms throughout the summer. In areas with cooler temperatures and lower humidity, its beauty shines in the middle of the border or as part of a cutting garden, especially when planted in the well-draining, light soil that encourages its growth. Butterflies and bees will be frequent visitors. Provide plenty of air circulation around the plants, as this will help prevent disease. Regular deadheading or cutting for bouquets will extend its blooming period. As a bonus, you can pluck a few blossoms to use as extravagant edible garnishes.
Mix in a couple of inches of compost or some organic fertilizer before planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Sometimes affected by rust leaf spots that can be prevented by spraying with an organic fungicide.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when several flowers on a stem are open.