Surface sow and press in lightly or light cover
Seed To Bloom:
Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before setting out at last frost date. Keep at 70F, then grow on cooler 55-60F.
Direct sow in mild winter areas in fall.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Anchusa is part of the borage family of rough-leaved and often bright blue flowering plants. Most often grown as an annual at the edges of cottage gardens, where it romps with early summer bellflowers and poppies in freely draining soil. Cut back to the ground when blooming slows, allowing a few branches to drop seed and renew your plantings. Best in moderate summer areas.
Keep moist, especially in full sun, but avoid saturated soils.
Prefers slightly acidic to neutral, but will grow in slightly alkaline soils..
Mix in a couple of inches of compost prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Powdery mildew can be prevented by providing good air circulation and keeping the soil evenly moist. Water the soil, not the leaves mornings only so they dry readily..
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when 3/4 of flowers on a stem are open.