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How to Grow Nigella

Nigella

Position – Full sun

Soil – Well-drained

Flowering Period – Summer

Hardiness –  Tender to hardy (dependent on variety)

About Nigella


Nigella are upright, bushy annuals with large solitary flowers with a glorious and intriguing centre in electrifying colours and multi-tonal shades, supported by long slender stems and bushy foliage during summer. These stunning blooms are often followed by ornamental seed pods. They are best suited to flower beds and borders within a courtyard, coastal and informal garden setting. Alternatively, they will make a fine addition to pots and containers. You should expect to see Nigella grow to an approximate height of 60cm (24”) and a spread of 30cm (12”).

How to plant Nigella


Nigella are best planted in well-drained soil of loam, sand and chalk within a neutral or alkaline PH balance. Heavy soils can be amended with organic matter to improve drainage. Nigella are best positioned in a sheltered or exposed area of full sunlight. 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 (18”) apart to allow room for plants to spread as they mature and to create a striking, bushy effect. After planting, water thoroughly and deeply.

How to care for Nigella


Water Nigella regularly during periods of drought and throughout active growth. Apply a feed once plants are a little more established and deadhead spent blooms to encourage a second flush of flowers during the season. If you do not wish for your plants to spread, collect seed pods before they disperse. Protect tender varieties and even those that are hardy from extremely cold conditions by transplanting them to an appropriate environment such as a conservatory or greenhouse.

How to propagate Nigella


It is possible to propagate Nigella by seed during mid spring or early autumn if temperatures are mild enough.

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