Flowers: Small yellow flowers in late winter
Height: to 3m but trim to any size or shape
Position: Any except very wet or windy
Packet of 50 seeds
RHS Plants for Pollinators.
The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at rhs.org.uk/plantsforpollinators
Pre-Sowing Instructions: Soak the seeds for 24 hours.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year. Sow in pots or trays in a moist, peat-based seed compost mixed 50:50 with vermiculite or perlite and just cover the seeds with sieved compost. Seal in a polythene bag and place in the fridge or other cold place between 2-5C for 6 weeks. Keep checking to make sure the compost doesn’t dry out and for any seeds which have germinated.
Move to a propagator or shaded windowsill and maintain an optimum temperature of 15-20C. Germination can be slow and erratic but should occur after 3-6 weeks. As the seedlings emerge, gradually increase ventilation by opening the bag or propagator vents.
Growing Instructions: Grow the seedlings on in cooler conditions with plenty of light, but shaded from direct sun, repotting as necessary and keep the compost just moist at all times.