Surface sow to barely cover (about 1/16”).
Start indoors in pots 4-5 weeks before last frost. Cover with a sprinkling of vermiculite or a humidity dome to aid germination and keep at 65-70°F.
Direct sow 2 weeks before last springtime frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Sweet scabious's honey-scented pincushion blooms and decorative beaded buds are the joy of mid-summer to fall gardens, for they look pristine just when earlier bloomers start to fade. Grow in the cutting and meadow garden, where butterflies will be frequent visitors. Pinch when setting out and support young plants with twiggy brush and deadhead often for continuing bloom.
About 1" per week, though it will tolerate some drought once established.
Mix in about 2-4" of compost prior to planting outside.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid powdery mildew by spacing properly and in a location that has good air circulation.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when several flowers on a stem are freshly open.