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Schizanthus 'Mariposita'
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Schizanthus 'Mariposita'

Schizanthus grahamii
This rare species from the highlands of Chile transforms butterfly flower into a celebration of vibrant floral colors and patterns on orchid-like blooms. Grow in groups in large clay pots or well-drained soils in the garden.
SKU #S1921
$4.00
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
37
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Half Hardy Annual
Mature Size
1.5' h x 1' w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Regular to rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer
Color
Magenta pink orchid-like flowers with an upright yellow flag
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/8"
Sprout Time:
Erratic
Seed To Bloom:
8-12 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Stratify for 30-60 days. Sow in a container, cover with a plastic bag and refrigerate, or mix seed with damp clean sand or vermiculite, bag, and refrigerate at 35-40F. Check often for germination and maintain a lightly moist medium. Transplant any seedlings as they germinate. After the chill period, sow into soilless media and keep at 60-70F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow 2-3 weeks before the last spring frost date, or wintersow into pots of well-drained media in the shade, covered with a thin layer of clean sand and a wire screen to keep out mice and voles. Check for water, keeping evenly moist.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Schizanthus grahamii is a rare Chilean annual that thrives in moderate summer areas where temperatures drop at night. This rarity is excellent as a cut flower and exciting when grown in containers, with its vivid magenta-pink and yellow orchid-shaped blooms. Patience is needed when sowing as they are erratic germinators. Pinch once when seedlings reach about 4" tall to encourage a more bushy habit.
Final Spacing:
12"
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Keep moist but avoid saturated soils.
Soil pH:
Not particular about pH.
Fertilizer:
Mix in a couple of inches of compost into the soil before planting.
Diseases & Pests:
No serious problems. Avoid fungal diseases by spacing properly for air circulation.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when most flowers on a stem are open.