Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period –Summer
Hardiness – Tender to Hardy (depending on variety)
Nigella are best planted in a well-drained soil of loam, sand or chalk within a neutral or alkaline PH balance. They are best positioned in an area that receives full sun. Nigella are well suited to flower beds and borders within a courtyard, coastal or informal garden setting.
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Heavy soils can be amended with organic matter to improve drainage. Dig a hole that is the same depth and twice the width of your plant, spreading the roots out before settling into place. Space companion plants 30cm (12in) apart to allow room for your plants to spread out. After planting, water thoroughly and deeply.
Water regularly during periods of drought and throughout active growth. Apply a feed once plants are more established and deadhead spent flowers to encourage a second flush of blooms. If you do not want your plants to spread, collect seed pods before they disperse. Protect tender varieties and those that are hardy from extremely cold conditions by transplanting them to an appropriate environment such as a conservatory or greenhouse.
It is possible to propagate It is possible to propagate Nigella by seed in mid-spring or early autumn if temperatures are mild enough.
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