Free flowering in a beautiful range of attractive blue shades, this easy to grow, half hardy annual is a cottage garden classic. Phlox drummondii 'Moody Blues' has a compact bushy habit that makes it ideal for planting in loose drifts at the edge of borders, and performs equally well in containers. Annual Phlox also makes a delightful cut flower so you can enjoy it in your home too! Height: 25cm (10"). Spread: 30cm (12").
Sow annual phlox from late winter to late spring on the surface of a good seed compost and gently firm down. Do not cover the seed. Place the seed tray in a propagator at a temperature of 18-20 (64-68F) or seal it inside a polythene bag. Keep the soil damp but not wet. Do not exclude light as this aids germination which usually takes 10-21 days.
When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When phlox plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Transplant outdoors in full sun on moist, fertile, well drained soil at a distance of 30cm (12") apart.
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