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Graffiti® Mix Pentas Seeds

Graffiti® Mix Pentas Seeds

Bright Blooms in 6 Marvelous Colors!

(P) Pkt of 15 seeds
Item # 04670-PK-P1

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Graffiti® is the most colorful and uniform (all colors reach the same size and bloom at the same time) series of Pentas ever grown, and this delightful mix lets you sample all 6 glorious colors! For a heat- and drought-resistant annual that brings pollinators into the garden and produces glorious cut-flowers all summer, you just can't beat Graffiti®!

This sun-loving annual is easy to grow and eager to bloom, setting large, tightly-packed flowerheads above the foliage. Expect it to reach 12 to 15 inches high in full flower, and to spread 10 to 14 inches wide in the garden. Graffiti® is also happy in containers!

You will find 6 luscious colors in this mix: bright red, red lace, rose, pink, white, violet, and lavender. Red Lace is particularly attractive, with a white overlay on the blooms that really does look like a veil of lace strewn over the plant. And Rose features bright white eyes! The colors all complement one another, and you will find yourself wishing you had planted even more seeds to have plenty of blooms for the vase as well as the garden. After all, you can't cut all these Graffitis® -- they are a main food source for those beautiful butterflies and hummers you keep seeing!

Like all Pentas, Graffiti® prefers soil that is not too rich. If it's a bit on the dry side, all the better. Heat, sun, and good drainage will have the plants blooming heartily all summer long.

Start the seeds indoors, germinating them at 75 to 80 degrees F with high humidity. (If using the Bio Dome, just leave the dome on with the vents closed. If using a seed flat, wrap a plastic bag loosely around it.) The seeds need light to germinate, so do NOT cover them. (In the Bio Dome, you can either place them into the bio sponge hole or set them on top of the sponge, beside the hole -- we have tried both, and they work equally well.) Germination takes about 7 to 10 days, after which you can lower the temperature to 70-75 degrees, then (as the seedlings grow), to 65-70. Transplant when the seedlings have at least 2 sets of true leaves; they should begin blooming about 8 to 10 weeks later, or when the hot summer weather arrives. Pkt is 15 seeds.

Pentas Germination Information

Pentas is the botanical name for Egyptian Star Cluster
Pentas Seed Germination How to Sow Pentas:
  • Best sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 68 and 86°
  • Sow in early spring and expect germination in 20-25 days
  • Not recommended to sow seeds outdoors/li>

How to Grow Pentas:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Plant out after danger of frost is past at 12 inches apart in full sun or light shade in a deep, rich, well-drained soil

Lighting: Grow on under full sun and long photoperiods (10 hours) to promote flowering

Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 72-75° days and 62-65° nights

Soil: Feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer

Additional Care: For conservatory culture: site in full sun, maintain 80° days/65° nights, and keep the soil evenly moist and the humidity levels high

Appearance and Use:

In areas colder than Zone 10, it is used as an annual bedding or container plant, or for filler in the border. A great plant for indoor culture, be it in the house or conservatory. The flowers also cut well for fresh use. They are erect, bushy plants that grow 18 inches tall by 10 inches wide. From summer through autumn, the plants bear 11/2 inch, tubular, waxy, star-shaped flowers in colors of purple, white, red, rose, or salmon. The leaves are bright green and softly hairy

About Pentas:
Pronunciation:  pen’tås lan-se-o-la’tå
Lifecycle:  Annual*
Origination: Rubiaceae; native to Africa and Arabia
Common Name: Egyptian Star Cluster

*Grown as an annual, but will overwinter in Zone 10
Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt 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?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely 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.

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