How To Grow and Save Seed Of Salpiglossis
Latin name Salpiglossis sinuata, commonly known as painted tongue, is an annual member of the nightshade family. The large trumpet-shaped flowers are super vibrant, making it a beloved ornamental that is especially popular as a bedding plant.
Native to southern Chile. A popular ornamental related to nicotiana, it is considered an excellent cut flower.
- Beds, borders, containers, cottage garden
- Visited by a range of butterflies and some hummingbirds
- Seeds germinate in 14-21 days.
- Surface sow seeds but cover either with a layer of soil or cardboard until just germinated, as the small seeds need darkness in order to germinate.
- Start indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost or direct seed outdoors after last frost.
- Ideal germination temperature is 70-75 F.
- Prefers full sun and mild summer weather; they cannot handle extreme heat and humidity.
- A fairly drought-tolerant plant; do not over water.
- Space plants 9-12 inches apart.
- Provide rich, well-drained soil.
- Deadhead to encourage continued blooming.
- A fairly pest-free plant, but sometimes bothered by aphids.
- Treat aphids with organic insecticidal soap.
- Seeds are quite small and contained within a capsule.
- Harvest capsules when brown and dry, before the capsules shatter.