A popular cottage garden plant Stocks are superb for both borders and for cut flowers and the wonderful fragrance is an added bonus!
Tall spikes of scented flowers in a range of colours of pink, purple, red, yellow and white flowers are carried on sturdy stems.
Whilst they will produce both single and double blooms follow the easy procedure if you wish to discard the singles and grow on only the more attractive doubles.
To grow on only double flowers - when seedlings have emerged place the tray in a cooler spot 7-10C (45-50F).
When large enough to handle, select only thepalerseedlings. These will be double flowered.
Discard the darker seedlings, as these will be single flowered.
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How to Guide
Almost fill a seed tray with moist seed compost. Sow seeds thinly over the surface, and lightly cover them with a little more compost. Place in warmth 15-20C (60-70F), and keep moist.
Sowing Distance30cm / 12in
Potting on/Thining Out
Transplant 5cm (2in) apart into trays of potting compost. Alternatively, pot seedlings on individually to small pots of potting compost.
Hardening Off/Planting Out
Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions for 2-3 weeks before planting out when all danger of frost has passed. Allow 30cm (12in) between plants.