Diplacus pictus (Calico Monkey Flower) [30 Seeds]
Germination Information: I started my original seeds by “winter sowing”: sowing in a plastic milk jug and leaving it outdoors for germination in early spring: see details on the technique here. This past year, seeds I winter-sowed on December 25 started germinating on February 26. (Your experience will vary, depending on your local conditions.)
If you prefer to direct-sow, you could try that any time between late fall and early spring. Those I sowed in the garden on March 22 began sprouting on April 3.
It’s also possible to start the seeds indoors in warm conditions. Seeds I sowed that way on April 20 started germinating on April 25.
However you sow, be aware that the seeds are very tiny; just press them into the surface of the growing medium and keep the area evenly moist until the seedlings begin to grow. The seedlings are tiny too, so when I sow in a container, I pick them out in small groups for potting-up around late March, then plant them out that way in mid April. It might be worth trying to sow them in cell packs or plug trays so you could skip the potting-up step.
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Calico monkey flower (Diplacus pictus) is a distinctive annual, with flat-faced, dark-centered, white blooms that are intricately veined with deep red. (I can’t help but think that the flowers resemble bloodshot eyeballs, but that image doesn’t do justice to this sweet little wildflower.) The species is native to just a small area in California, but it can adapt well to other regions, making a nice late-spring to early-summer show even here in Pennsylvania. It is likely to produce some self-sown seedlings. Height in bloom is about 6 inches. Full sun. Annual.
Collected in mid to late June 2023. At least 30 (tiny) seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.
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