Nigella ‘Swan Cottage Blend’
All my favourite Nigella varieties for the smaller garden.
This is my exclusive ‘custom made blend’ including Nigella ‘African Bride’ , ‘Deft Blue’ and ‘Midnight’. Sow and grow together for a mesmerising garden display.
Once the flowers go over these delicate flowers transform into dramatic seed pods for even more flower arranging options which give an unique element to arrangements and personal flowers such as Buttonholes.
How to Grow:
Sow seeds in early Autumn while it’s still warm. Nigella has a delicate root system that does not hold onto compost well, so I sow my seeds in cells. Light is required for germination so don’t cover seeds.
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Variety: Nigella papillosa
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Height: up to 80cm
Germination: Up to 30 days
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds: 100 (Approx. counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Cut flowers when fully open or use the pods fresh or dried in bouquets; To dry pods, hang upside down in a warm, dry place out of bright light for 2-3 weeks.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.