GROWING AND SAVING SEED OF PHLOX
Latin name Phlox drummondii is an annual wildflower. It is a beautiful ornamental with delightful fragrance.
Native to Texas and found in a wide range across the Southeast. Named for Scottish botanist Thomas Drummond, who collected samples and sent them back to Europe in the 1800s.
- Beds, borders, containers, cottage garden, fragrant/sensory garden
- Pollinator garden. Phlox is frequented by a number of species of butterflies, bees, bumblebees, moths and even the occasional hummingbird.
- Seeds germinate in 14-21 days.
- Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost and transplant after all chance of frost has passed.
- Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep.
- Ideal germination temperature is 65 F.
- Keep seeds evenly moist until germinated.
- Phlox can tolerate full sun to shade.
- Rich, well-drained soil is best.
- Provide adequate moisture.
- Space plants 8 inches apart.
- Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continued blooming.
- Powdery mildew and fungal issues are common pests of phlox.
- These can be avoided by improving air circulation and keeping foliage dry while watering plant.
- Harvest seeds when capsules turn brown.
- Save seed over winter in a cool, dark, dry place.