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Mini Marine Heliotrope Seeds

Mini Marine Heliotrope Seeds

Vanilla-scented and Irresistible to Butterflies!

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item # 00980-PK-P1
Instock - allow 3-5 business days for processing prior to shipment.

Nothing smells quite as sweet as a mass planting of Heliotrope, and with Mini Marine, you get all that heavenly vanilla aroma on neat, compact plants just 8 to 10 inches tall! The perfect summer plant outdoors and winter plant indoors, it offers fragrance like no other!

The old folks called this plant Cherry Pie, and once you smell the deep violet blooms, you'll know why. The flowers arise in big clusters 8 to 12 inches wide, sitting atop bright green leaves with an oval shape and rough texture. Deer avoid the plant because of the scent, but butterflies are drawn like magnets!

Mini Marine is grown as an annual, but it's really a tropical, which is why you can grow it indoors all winter (or even outdoors in semi-tropical zones 10 and 11). Native to Peru, it adapts quite happily to the heat and humidity of our American summers, asking only for a bit of afternoon shade in warm regions. Great for containers (this dwarf variety reaches only about a foot tall!), it blooms vigorously all summer, attracting butterflies and delighting everyone who beholds it.

This is a dense, bushy little plant, with foliage growing right down to the ground. Perfect for the front of the annual bed, as edging, and in containers of any type, this Heliotrope is a must-have wherever strong color and stronger fragrance are desired!

Mini Marine needs rich, moist soil that never completely dries out. It's best in full sun in the north, and some afternoon shade (or dappled sunlight) farther south and west. Pkt is 100 seeds.

Review Summary
(Based on 5 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Janis from WI wrote on September 22, 2019

I have bought this plant for a few years from a garden center but this year I thought I'd give it a try with seeds. From experience I already knew about not letting them dry out ever. They will look limp and will perk up with water but the leaves will turn brown and brittle it doesn't kill the plant. Not a plant for benign neglect. I put them along our walk to the front door. Lovely smell the neighbor kids think they smell like grape candy. Attracts bees and painted lady butterfliesin my area especially from August on.

One of my favorites
Cheryl from CT wrote on August 02, 2019

I so wish these were perennial in my zone! They were easy to start from seed and have done so well out in the garden (morning sun and afternoon shade). Not to mention the fragrance is amazing. So happy with these.

Anonymous from CT wrote on July 16, 2019

Very easy and so beautiful. Amazing fragrance too!

Looks like the info has been updated
Gardening in pots in Portland from OR wrote on September 16, 2016

Had I known earlier that this plant didn't like to dry out, and preferred a bit of afternoon shade, my review would be higher. It hung in there all summer, but looks a bit ratty. It's in a pot, so I'll bring it inside and see if it will revive, or if I just need to start a new one (or a couple!). The flowers look gorgeous and smell better. Love it around the front of my pepper pots!

aj provost from MI wrote on April 26, 2014

i love this plant. it starts from seed very of my favorites.just wish it was a perennial in Michigan.

Heliotropium arborescens Germination Information

Heliotropium arborescens is the botanical name for Heliotrope
Heliotropium arborescens Seed Germination How to Sow Heliotropium arborescens:
  • Sow seeds indoors at a temperature of 68-70° and with NO cover as light aids in germination
  • Sow at 60-70° with NO cover as light aids in germination
  • Expect germination in 15-20 days
  • It is not recommended to sow these seeds outdoors

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

Spacing: Space seedlings 10 inches apart in full sun

Soil: Site in a fertile, moist, well-drained soil and feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer

Additional Care: Pinch to promote a compact habit

Appearance and Use:

This showy, flowering plant is grown as an annual in borders, container displays, and as a perennial in conservatory culture. It grows 11/2- 4 feet tall by 1- 11/2 feet wide, but will remain smaller in containers. The tiny, tubular, deep lavender-blue flowers are borne in 3-4 inch cymes in the summer. They are redolent of vanilla and are very appealing to butterflies. The 3- inch-long, medium to dark green leaves are wrinkled and roughly hairy. Contact with them may cause a mild skin irritation

About Heliotropium:
Pronunciation:  he-le-o-tro’-pe-um ar-bor-es’ens
Lifecycle:  Annual*
Origination: Boraginaceae, native to Peru Common Name: Heliotrope

*Grown as an annual, but will overwinter in Zone 11

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

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 Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To 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 Technicians

Park 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 Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And 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?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed.

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.