Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breeches) seeds
Stately perennial with long (up to 60 cm!), deeply-cut, bright green leaves, and many tall spikes of funnel shaped, mauve and white flowers. A striking and reliable plant for the back of the border.
Position: Prefers sun but will tolerate semi shade
Packet of 10 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year except early to mid summer.
Sow 6mm deep in a moist, free-draining peat based seed compost (eg. Levington). Propagate at 15 to 18C in a propagator, greenhouse or on a windowsill indoors sealed in a polythene bag. Germination should begin to take place after about 4 weeks. As soon as the seedlings begin to emerge, ventilate gradually, maintain a temperature of around 18C and take care not to over-water.
Growing Instructions: Grow the seedlings on, shaded lightly from direct sunlight and when large enough to handle, pot up individually into 12cm pots. In spring, harden plants off by placing them outside during the day for 2 weeks, then plant out in the garden. They prefer a sunny spot but will tolerate shade. Water well until established.