Astrantia major ‘Rose Symphony’ – (Masterwort)

$8.00

This is a very pretty astrantia with flowers which appear in red and pink shades and seem to have a shimmering metallic quality to them.

Description

This lovely astrantia has strong stems which bear bright rose red , shading purple and pink shaded bracts. The bracts appear to have almost a metallic quality to them.
The plant flowers in late spring to summer, and is a good cut flower which also dries well. It does best in dappled shade in rich moist soil. It needs to be kept moist and will not do well in dry soil.

Sowing advice
Moisten a plain kitchen paper towel and squeeze out to eliminate excess moisture. Fold in 4. Into 1 fold place the seeds, and put in a kitchen plastic ziplock bag or similar together with a plastic plant tag with the day’s date. Seal the plastic bag loosely. Keep at 18-22 deg C for 2-4 weeks. Now move to -4 to +4 deg C (fridge door) for 4-6 weeks. Inspect for germination every week, and keep moist. If germination occurs carefully lift out the seed and pot up at 5 – 12 deg C, covering lightly with seed raising mix. After 6 weeks, move the remaining ungerminated seeds to 5-12 deg C for germination. Germination can take many months. Once germinated move to a warm place. Transplant seedlings once large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Grow on at 7°C. Acclimatise for 10-15 days and plant out. Can be sown into pots in late autumn and left outside over winter for spring germination.

Additional information

Classification

Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Masterwort

Family

Apiaceae

Maximum Height

60 cm

Number of seeds in packet

20