Stock (Matthiola incana)
Stocks are famous for their fluffy, fragrant blooms that are abundant and aromatic.These cherished plants flourish in cooler temperatures. A mere handful of stems from these beauties is enough to make a significant impression in both gardens and bouquets, infusing the surroundings with their delightful fragrance. Half of the plants will be single-flowered, the other half double, so plant twice as many as you need.
Plant type: hardy annual
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 90-100 days
Plant spacing: 6-9”
Pinching: do not pinch plants
How to grow
Transplant: Sow multiple seeds per plug ¼" deep indoors 5-6 weeks before last frost. Harden off plants and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed.
Direct seed: After last frost. Do not pinch plants.
Germination: 7-14 days at 65-75°F
Where to plant
Plant in a sunny spot. Stock plants prefer well-drained, moderately rich soil.
Harvest/Vase LifeStock will not re-grow once cut. Harvest when ⅓–½ the florets on the stem are open and remove the foliage from the bottom. Stock is an extremely long-lasting cut and will last up to 10 days when water is changed frequently.