Lunaria annua ‘Alba Variegata’ (White-Flowered Variegated Honesty) [10 Seeds]

$4.75

Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may take some patience and experimentation. It’s possible to start these seeds indoors, in individual pots, but as they won’t flower until the second year, I suggest saving your indoor space for other seeds and starting these outdoors in spring or summer, either in pots or directly where you’d like them to grow. Some sources recommend planting the circular seeds on their edge, and you could try that yourself, but I haven’t noticed it making a difference. I usually just sow them flat and cover with about 1/8 inch of growing medium. A heat mat isn’t necessary; in fact, the seeds tend to germinate better without supplemental warmth.

Sometimes the seeds sprout in just a few weeks, but if yours are in pots and no seedlings appear after about 4 weeks, consider giving them an artificial chilling period of about 6 weeks before moving them back to a bright place. Or, take the easy route and sow in fall or winter outdoors, giving them a natural chilling period. Once you get the plant to flower and produce seed, it’s likely to self-sow.

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You don’t often see honesty (Lunaria annua) in gardens these days, but it’s worth revisiting this classic biennial. The first year, it produces a mound of broad leaves, usually around 8 inches tall and wide. On ‘Alba Variegata’, the first year leaves are mostly solid green, but you may notice a bit of cream to white along the edges of new leaves, particularly toward the end of the growing season. When spring arrives, the fresh leaves are more noticeably variegated with irregular white frosting near the edges. The plants send up 2- to 3-foot-tall stems by late spring, carrying pure white flowers that develop into the circular, flat pods. When you gently rub or peel off the dull outer covering of the pods, you reveal a papery, silver center that gives honesty its other common names: money plant or silver dollar. Full sun (in cooler areas) to partial shade. Biennial (Zones 4 to 8).

Collected in late July 2022. At least 10 seeds.

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