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Why are my Scabiosa so Tall and Sprawling?

Posted by rozegardener Z8 Santa Cruz (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 18, 11 at 21:51

I planted them from sets in November, and covered them anytime they might have gotten frosted over the winter. Finally they're blooming abundantly and beautifully, but they grew so tall first, if they were standing up they'd probably be 5 feet tall. This is the first year of this flower bed. Did they not want so much composted horse manure? I fertilized an inch or so in spring and again as summer started. Any ideas? For future reference is there any way to make them stand up straight? Also my blanket flower is sprawling too.

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RE: Why are my Scabiosa so Tall and Sprawling?

My blanket flower that I have in 'good' dirt is sprawling everywhere. The ones that I planted in sandier soil are a nice size. I guess they prefer poor soil.

RE: Why are my Scabiosa so Tall and Sprawling?

If you've grown Scabiosa atropurpurea, dependant on variety they will be 20" to 4' tall, especially since they've had such a long growing period. They do need to be supported. As a commercial grower I use 'Hortnova Netting' which is held up by T-posts
Cheers Kim - BFFF

Here is a link that might be useful: Hortnova Netting

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