6 Comments

  1. Sue
    July 6, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    I know your post about Nicotiana sylvestris is now 2 years old, but now – July 2014, i am having difficulties. I did all as you advised but my plants which I put in the garden have then really struggled, not growing at all and almost dying off. Is it because my soil is too poor? Should I have watered them more? The ones I potted on and kept in pots have done much better. Should I plant them in shade or in full sun? Your help would be appreciated.

  2. Carey
    August 7, 2012 @ 2:23 am

    I’m not sure which country you are growing N. sylvestris in, but in the UK moths, though attracted by the lovely scent cannot feed from them because the flowers are too long for them to reach the nectar. The UK Butterfly conservation org, suggests Nicotiana alata, if you want to produce food for moths, along with others, different moths depend on different flowers. apparently Ivy is good for late nectar for it flowers in October and Nov in UK. I hope this helps. I plant N sylvestrs becuase I love it, and this year N alata close by for the moths.

    • Sue
      July 6, 2014 @ 10:57 am

      Thanks for that! I too love Sylvestris, but am very keen on also growing plants for insect, so the alata will be on ,my list too.

  3. Richard Oram
    January 13, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Best thing about these plants is they attract moths and I like moths!!!

    • Ben
      January 13, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

      Moths rock! …and they have much better names than butterflies…

  4. Victoria
    January 12, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    My friend gave me a Nicotiana Sylvestris seedling last year and I didn’t know much about the plant. When it grew a little bit more I guessed it would be big by the size of its leaves so planted it towards the back in the border. Once it got going it became huge and was covered with flowers for quite a long time. I really like the idea of growing it in pots to control its monster size and make the most of the lovely scent.