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Lobelia, Crystal Palace Blue

Short Description

Great for rock gardens, trailing pots, edging, and containers.

Full Description

One of the best edging plants. Intense dainty, cobalt blue flowers, 1/2" across, cover compact plants continuously until frost. Attractive bronze-leaved foliage.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6-8 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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How to Sow and Plant

Lobelia may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow lobelia indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow thinly and just press into planting formula.
  • Keep soil moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in about 20 days at 65-75 degrees F.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Transplanting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic, well-draining soil. In areas with hot summers, choose a location with afternoon shade.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Space plants 6 inches apart in the garden.
  • Water after planting.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Shear plants back after the first flush of bloom to encourage reblooming.
  • Annual lobelia grows best in cool areas or where nighttime temperatures are cool.
  • Ideal for hanging baskets and window boxes due to its trailing habit.
  • Good annual groundcover, or for rock gardens and as edgings.
  • Plants are not heat tolerant but tend to revive in late summer when temperatures begin to cool off.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
6-8 inches
Spread
6 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Lobelia, Crystal Palace Blue is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tiny and tough I anticipated a plant with seeds so small (Less than 1 mm) would be hard to grow. Not so! They germinate well and even transplant as little threads without apparent set back. One pleasant result of planting Crystal Palace is finding volunteers around the stepping stones in my vegetable garden. A jolt of blue to brighten the greenery.
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous in Hanging Baskets These plants look positively striking in large hanging baskets when they are used as an accent and combined with other plants. I planted mine with petunias and verbena and people would frequently comment on how gorgeous the baskets were. The color is much deeper and prettier than pictured and the flowers are very small and dainty. One word of warning - water it regularly and do NOT let this plant dry out. It does not recover once it dries out.
Date published: 2008-04-07
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