Mina lobata [syn. Ipomoea] (Spanish Flag) seeds
Half Hardy Perennial Climber (min 0C)
Height: to 5m
Packet of 12 seeds
Pre-Sowing Instructions: Soak the seeds in water which starts off hand hot until the seeds start to swell.
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year, at a depth of about 3mm in pots or trays of moist, free-draining seed compost (eg. John Innes). Seal in a polythene bag or place in a propagator and maintain an optimum temperature of around 21C. Germination should occur after 20-25 days. As the seedlings emerge, gradually increase ventilation by opening the bag or propagator vents.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 9cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions (about 18C) with plenty of light, but shaded from direct sun and over-winter at a temperature of about 5C. When established, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and plant out after the risk of frost has passed in a sunny position. Move back to a frost-free place for the winter before the first frosts in autumn.