Phlox is, universally, one of the most popular ornamentals for hanging baskets, large pots, and cottage garden beds.
Phlox is very easy to grow and maintain, and once it's established, it's fairly drought-tolerant. It's a great choice for homeowners who want to grow something to cheer up front porches and patio gardens.
Annual varieties are spring bloomers, fading out in mid-summer. All phlox are nectar-rich, attracting butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds!
Instructions for sowing:
1. Fill a container with moist potting soil 3/4 inch from the top. Lightly press down on the soil with your fingers so it sits firmly in the container.
2. Place the seeds on the soil with a 1-inch distance between them. Sprinkle soil over the seeds. Aim for a planting depth of 1/8 inch.
3. Moisten the top layer of soil with warm water. Use a spray bottle to moisten the soil — this will keep the seeds intact and won't rinse them away.
4. Place the container in a dark, warm area of the house. Phlox seeds need a temperature of 18 degrees to germinate. This can take approx 5-10 days
5. Relocate the container to a bright area of the house. Place the container in a sunny window to expose the seedlings to at least 12 hours of light.
6. When big enough to handle and the risk of frost has passed, place out in larger pots or directly into the ground.
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