Sundrops (Nemesia strumosa)
Sundrops, in all their beauty, are an enrichment for any flower garden – they grow best in sunny to half-shade locations in balcony boxes, hanging baskets and planters, and of course also in flower beds. If you are cultivating the plants yourself, they will flower in June. If the plant is cut back after the initial flowering period and fertilised correctly, it will produce new shoots and flower right into October. Sundrops do not like being waterlogged.
To sow: Place 2–3 seeds into small pots on the cultivation soil (in case of cultivation, put them in a cultivation station on the windowsill from the beginning of April) or plant them directly into loosened soil in a plant bed outside (from the beginning/middle of May). In both cases, do not cover the seeds with soil; simply press them down and keep them moist. At 20 degrees Celsius, the plants will germinate within two weeks.
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