Southern Charm Hybrid Verbascum Seeds
Blooms the first year from seed!
First, let's talk about the flowers. They arise in pairs, each bloom about 1? inches across, on long, strong flowerstalks a full 2 to 2? feet high! The pairs open one blossom at a time, so that as the first one fades, the second pops open to double the staying power of the stem! And the colors are fantastic -- a soft blend of creamy golden, peachy rose, and softest lavender, starred by a fuzzy purple center. No other flower in the garden shares this incredible mix of pastel tones!
Second, the bloomtime. Southern Charm blooms the first year from seed, requiring no cold period to set its flowers. It flowers first in spring, then goes dormant during the hot summer months and returns when the weather cools down in fall. How convenient is that? Terrific color during the two seasons when the rest of the perennial bed is definitely not at its peak!
Third, the plant habit. Even when Southern Charm isn't blooming, you'll love its soft, silvery foliage. When not in bloom, the plant reaches about 2 to 2? feet high and 12 to 16 inches wide. And unlike every other Verbascum I know, Southern Charm absolutely will NOT self-sow in your garden or begin to look overgrown and under-tended in a year or two. That alone makes it a must-have for me!
Finally, the growth and care. Verbascum is easy to start from seed, either directly in the sunny garden anytime from spring till 2 months before first frost (for blooms the following spring) or indoors in late winter for setting out in spring. Germination takes 15 to 20 days. Grow the plants in full sun and very well-drained soil, even unfertile or poor soil. Space them about 12 inches apart for dense coverage. Perfect for the back of the perennial border! Zones 5-9. Pkt is 15 seeds.
|Item Form||(P) Pkt of 15 seeds|
|Zone||5 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Early Spring - Early Fall|
|Seeds Per Pack||15|
|Plant Height||24 in - 2 ft 6 in|
|Plant Width||12 in - 16 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Bloom First Year, Flower|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
Verbascum Germination Information
How to Sow Verbascum:
- Best sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 68 and 86° with germination occurring in 15-20 days
- Seeds can also be sown outdoors in spring or summer, up to two months before first frost, with germination occurring the following spring
- Seeds are very small
- When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
How to Grow Verbascum:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves
Spacing: Space 12-18 inches apart in full sun
Soil: Site in a slightly alkaline, well-drained soil. Very tolerant of low fertility soils
Additional Care: Sometimes thought to be a biennial; to ensure perennial status, cut back the flower stalks to prevent them from going to seed. However, if plants are allowed to go to seed, they will readily self sow
Appearance and Use:
A vigorous, coarse-textured perennial for use in borders and for naturalizing. The habit is that of a clump of 2-10 inch long, fuzzy, gray-white basal leaves. From this low-growing clump arises tall (3-6 feet), stout, multi-branched racemes of 1 inch diameter, saucer-shaped, yellow flowers with centers of purple stamens. The flowers appear in mid-summer through early fall. V. chaixii f. album has white flowers with mauve stamens
Origination: Scrophulariaceae; native to Europe
Common Name: Mullein
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First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.
Superior Standards - University InspectedTo make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.
Hand Packed By Experienced TechniciansPark Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.
When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.
The Park Seed Gold StandardAnd many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier. When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.
What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.
Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).
Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.
What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.
What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.
How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.
How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.
What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.
What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.