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Botanical Name: Matthiola incana
Common Name(s): Stocks
These plants have delicate, grey-green foliage with densely packed flower spikes in purple, rose, cream and white, but these fragrant annuals are not easy to grow. Do not grow them in a bed where they have been previously grown. Prepare the soil with lots of well-rotted manure, general fertilizer and lime. Sow seed in late summer or autumn, directly or in trays. Space seedlings 350mm apart. Handle young seedlings by their leaves, not the stems, which are very weak. Ten-week-old stocks are the most popular for bedding. Once they are planted, water and feed them regularly. They should flower 10–16 weeks after germination. Generally, dark green seedlings produce single flowers and can be discarded when thinning.
Family: – Brassicaceae
Botanical Pronunciation: math-EYE-oh-luh in-KAY-nuh
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Description: These plants have delicate, grey-green foliage.