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Stock, Harmony Mix

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The best choice for an authentic Victorian country garden.

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One sniff of this stock's luxuriant fragrance will leave you utterly enchanted. With its wonderfully sweet fragrance and vibrant, full colors, this stock is the best choice for an authentic Victorian country garden. A balanced mix of deep violet, rose shades, purple, pink and white. Prefers cool weather.
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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.

10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

6-8 inches

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

Cut Flowers

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

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

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow stock indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost
  • Sow ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 60-65 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-20 days
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist
  • 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:

  • Plant in the garden after all danger of frost has passed.
  • Select a location in full sun in a rich, moist, well-drained soil.
  • 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.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Stock requires cool temperatures to flower and will not form new blooms when temperatures rise above 65 degrees F.
  • Tall cultivars may need staking, although the stems are generally strong.
  • Stock is useful for beds, borders, and containers, but is best grown for cutting and for its exquisite fragrance.
  • Stock is an ideal choice for a cottage garden.
  • Grow tall cultivars in a cool greenhouse for winter cut flowers.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
10 inches
Spread
6-8 inches
Ornamental Use
Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
6 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Purple, Red, White
Stock, Harmony Mix is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful fragrance I am growing these under lights this winter in a garage window with 50F minimum night temps and 70F maximum day temps. They grow quickly and were beginning to bloom in 40 days. Now at 55 days the full blooms have great colors and a wonderful fragrance. They love cool temperatures.
Date published: 2011-01-16
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