Surface sow; requires light. Press in lightly.
Recommended. Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out after last frost. Cover with humidity dome to retain moisture until germination occurs. Keep at 65-70°F, during germination period, then at 60-65°F. Water from below by setting containers in a tray of water and then allowing to drain thoroughly.
Direct sow after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Pearly everlasting is a unique and sophisticated perennial with a long bloom period and attractive silvery foliage. Its felted leaves create softly illuminated garden edges, while in the summer, the papery white and gold blossoms make rare and beautiful dried flowers. It requires regular soil moisture but may suffer in wet winter soils, making adequate drainage essential. To ensure its healthy growth, cut it back to the ground in spring and divide every 4-5 years. Perennials typically bulk up their roots and foliage in their first year of growth, and bloom more abundantly starting from the second year.
Do not allow soil to dry out; water regularly, particularly during dry periods, but do not allow it to become waterlogged.
Mix in a few inches of compost in poor soils before planting, and topdress in springtime annually thereafter.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid stem rot by keeping soil moist but never saturated.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest for dry flowers just before flowers mature.