"Varsovia Mela" hoary stock (Matthiola incana annua) is an annual plant that develops stiff, 50 - 60 cm tall, unbranched stem densely covered with large, spiky, tomentose leaves that appear to be greyish. It stands out with charming white-pink, double, scented blooms that are gathered in long, ear-like inflorescences atop the stems. Flowers appear on the plants from April to August depending the time of the sow. Hoary stock perfectly fits into borders where it can be combined with other annual and perennial plants. It also makes a great cut flower.
"Mela" hoary stock is perfectly fitted for a forced culture under covers. Seeds may be sown from December to February to boxes in a heated greenhouse. Prick out seedlings to separate pots after the emergence, choosing only the pale green ones. The well developed seedlings may be cultivated further in the greenhouse for cut flowers or transplanted in May to the garden. In the latter scenario seedlings should be planted on borders in 20 x 30 cm spacings. These plants require sunny sites and moderately moist, permeable soil rich in humus and calcium.
One package contains 1 g of the "Varsovia Mela" hoary stock seeds, as well as the sow-by date and growing instructions.
- Weight: 1 g
- Height: 50 - 60 cm
- Use: Ornamental - borders, cut flower
- Flowering period: April - August
- Growth form: erect
- Flower colour: White-pink
- Vegetation form: annual
- Foliage: large spiky tomentose greyish leaves
- Flower type: double blooms gathered in ear-like inlorescences
- Site: sunny; moderately moist, permeable soil rich in humus and calcium