Night-scented stocks are a fantastically fragrant, flowering plant and ideal for growing in the garden, particularly near seating areas where their heavy scent can be enjoyed during balmy, summer evenings. While they can always be purchased as pot grown plants in your local plant retailers, they are so easy to grow from seed it isn't really worth going for the added expense - unless of course you are short of time, space or inclination.
When it comes to growing night-scented stock from seed you get two choices. You can either sow them in pots under protection from the early spring onward, or directly sow outside up until May.
|Over-sown pot of night scented ctock seedlings|
Night-scented stock seeds require the presence of light to encourage germination so either do not cover or just cover with a very thin layer of compost or vermiculite. The compost should be kept moist but not wet at all times. Place in a warm right position at approximately 16-18 degrees Celsius, but avoid direct sunlight as this can dry out the surface and scorch emerging seedlings. Maintain humid conditions by placing the tray or pots in a propagator or seal inside a clear polythene bag. You can expect germination to occur within 7 to 14 days.
Outdoor sowing of night scented stock seeds can be made from early spring to early summer. Chose a sunny position with moist soil and prepare the ground well by digging in a humus rich compost to the soil before raking it to a fine tilth. Sow the seeds 6 mm deep in rows 30 cm apart. Gently water in and then once the seedlings have germinated, and are large enough to handle, then thin them out to an 8 cm spacing between plants
Water ground regularly, especially in dry periods, and after another week or sow, thin them out again until they are 30 cm apart.
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HOW TO GROW NIGHT-SCENTED STOCKS
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