Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’
These velvety, acid-green trumpet flowers mix well in arrangements giving a bright zing, especially lovey with dark Dahlias. Pollinated by moth’s Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ come alive in the evening pouring scent into the garden.
Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ will occasionally produce the odd purple or white flower which blend perfectly with the lime, see my gallery for examples, I feel like I’m getting these as a bonus!
Plants will thrive in part shade as well as full sun making them a very useful addition to your garden. I like to plant them in drifts so I can afford to have enough for both picking and garden decoration.
How to grow
Half hardy, sow under cover in Spring. These dust like seeds need light to germinate so don’t cover. A bit of warmth will also aid germination, 18-22°C is Ideal. Don’t worry if you can’t manage to sow seeds individually plants respond well to pricking out later and make surprisingly robust little seedlings, much like foxgloves! Just sow as thinly as you can.
Don’t start Nicotiana too early, these half hardy plants cannot be planted until all risk of frost has passed. Protect from slugs and keep well watered to protect against mildew, a preventative dose of Copper Mixture will help. For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Nicotiana alata
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Germination: Up to 30 days
Height: 60 cm
Harvest: June/July onwards
Seeds per packet: 450
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick when a third of the blooms are open straight into buckets of water. Flowers may benefit from searing before resting preferably overnight. Click for more detailed information on conditioning. Removing any fading flowers from the lower portion of the stems every few days to extend the vase life.
Part of the Solanaceae family. Ingestion may cause severe discomfort. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling.