Gentian, Cream (Gentiana Alba) - 50 Seeds

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Creamy Gentian (Gentiana Alba) - 50 Seeds

•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•Hummingbird Friendly
•Perennial
•USDA Zones: 3-9

Description:
This stunning cream Gentian is slow-growing but long-lived and require little care once established. Bumblebees are the main pollinators because they are the only insects strong enough to pry open the nearly-closed flowers. Cream Gentian is the first Gentian to bloom in late summer. Bottle Gentian and others (see our website) may wait until September or October to lend late-season color to mostly sunny sites in medium-wet to medium-dry soils. Also known as Yellow Gentian and Gentiana alba.


Planting Instructions:
To break this seed's dormancy, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60-90 days before planting. Scatter the seed on the surface of the soil, then press it in lightly. Keep the soil moist, but water carefully to avoid disturbing the seed; keep the soil temperature at about 70 degrees F. Germination may be slow and irregular, but should begin to occur within 4 weeks. Transplant two seedlings each in individual pots, handling very carefully to prevent breaking the hair-like roots. Keep the seedlings moist as they develop, which will happen very slowly. In their first year, the seedlings may only develop several leaves. If the seedlings are overwintered indoors before transplanting, they will need very careful attention since they do not appreciate transplanting at a larger size. They must be regularly watered, though they can tolerate slightly dry soil. Full bloom may not occur until their second or third season of growth. Mature plants may self-seed in good growing conditions. This plant does not appreciate extreme heat or drought, though it is cold hardy and adapts well to marshy areas or water's edge. This flower attracts many types of bees.


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