Ferny foliage and multi-colored, butterfly-shaped blossoms in spring and summer have made poor-man's orchid a favorite wherever summers are moist and cool. This upright, clumping annual is native to Chile.
From spring to autumn, plants bear loose clusters of showy white, pink, lavender, or maroon flowers above compact clumps of downy, light green, deeply incised leaves. The flaring, asymmetrical, two-lipped flowers often have purple streaks and a yellow-blotched upper lip. The lips are lobed, increasing the flowers' resemblance to orchid blooms or butterfly wings.
It thrives in fertile, well-drained but moist soil in full sun. Afternoon shade is advisable in very warm climates. Sow seeds in cool frost-free conditions in early spring or fall or purchase as plants. Lightly pinch young plants to promote bushy growth and heavier flowering. This delicate, fragile-stemmed annual is best in a sheltered cool border or container; in mildest climates it performs well in the mixed border. In hot climates consider fall planting, although this light-sensitive plant may flower more sparsely in the short days of winter. Flowers are excellent for cutting.
Info source: Learn2Grow.com
Genus - Schizanthus
Species - Wisetonensis
Variety - Large Mix
Common name - Butterfly flower
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 0,20 - 0,50 m
Plant type - Annual flower / annual indoor plant
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Rich, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Hanging Basket, Mixed Borde
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Mix
Sow from February to April in trays of seed compost.
Sow thinly, cover with 5 mm of fine compost. Firm gently and keep moist. Cover with glass, clear plastic or propagator lid.
Keep at +15-+20C.
Seedlings appear in 14-28 days.
Remove cover then seedlings appear. Transplant when large enough 5 cm apart in trays. Transplant in to permanent position after the last frost 20 cm apart.
Remove dead flowers to prolong flowering. Keep moist and weed free.
Plant a few in pots for color in the house or conservatory.
Can also be sown August to September in gentle heat to grow as a spring flowering indoor plant.
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