Syringa villosa (Late Lilac) seeds
Extremely hardy Lilac from Northern China which flowers non stop from late spring to early summer, bearing large, fragrant, pink flower panicles up to 20cm long. A useful shrub which is easily trained into a standard tree or hedge and is even useful for Bonsai.Hardy Shrub
Flowers: Spring and summer
Position: Sun or semi shade in well drained soil
Packet of 40 seeds
Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of the year in a moist, free-draining seed compost in pots or trays and very lightly cover with sieved compost or vermiculite/perlite. Seal in a polythene bag and place in the fridge or other cold place between 2-5C for 3 weeks. Then move to a propagator or warm place and maintain an optimum temperature of 18-21C. Germination should occur after 14-60 days. As the seedlings emerge, gradually increase ventilation by opening the bag or propagator vents. Note: as germination can be erratic, sow very thinly and prick out the seedlings as they grow large enough, disturbing the rest of the compost as little as possible.
Growing Instructions: Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 9cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions (about 13-15C) with plenty of light, but shaded from direct sun and over-winter in a frost-free greenhouse or coldframe. When established, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and grow on until mature enough to be planted out in the garden in a sunny or semi shaded position.