Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period –Summer
Hardiness – Hardy
Berkheya are best planted in a well-drained soil of chalk, clay or loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area that receives full sun. Berkheya are well suited to flower beds and borders within cottage, coastal and informal garden settings and they also make divine cut and dried flowers.
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You may wish to amend the soil with a generous layer of compost to enhance the nutritional value of the planting area. They should be placed at a depth that matches the root ball and 30cm (12in) apart from companion plants.
Water once a week during dry spells in the summer. Remove spent flower heads in the autumn to encourage a further flush of flowers and protect from extremely cold temperatures during the winter.
It is possible to propagate Berkheya by seed. Shortly after flowering, seeds ripen in a few weeks and fall out the centre of the old flower heads. These can then be own in a see tray with well drained potting mix and sand. Once they are at a size that is easy to handle, they can be transferred into small pots.
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