Godetia ‘Crown’. Hardy Annual. Guide to Late Summer/Autumn Sowing.

Somewhat bashed by this week's heavy rain, the spires of pink Godetia will recover and still have plenty of buds.
Somewhat bashed by this week’s heavy rain, the spires of pink Godetia will recover and still have plenty of buds. Furface is in there if you look carefully.

Ever since I started this flower growing malarkey I have grown Godetia ‘Crown’…it’s one of those plants that consistently over performs. I’m not really big into pink flowers but this Godetia always wins me over…photographs never seem to do it justice…they tend to not be able to pick up on its translucence.

Godetia with Phacelia in the background grown by @Gardennutter (Twitter)
Godetia with Phacelia in the background grown by @Gardennutter (Twitter)

Having a patch of tall, willowy flowers in your cutting garden is essential to add some height and form to your displays…Godetia, larkspur and Foxgloves are three of my favs in this regard.

Godetia. Tips For Growing From Seed.

Seedling...six weeks old....cute eh?!
Seedling…six weeks old….cute eh?!

Being hardy you can make a sowing of Godetia in late summer and early autumn as well as spring sowing in mid April. By late summer I mean the end of August (earlier in Scotland) and early Autumn I would say is before the September equinox (23rd). Sow later if you are sowing undercover in the greenhouse. In deepest Cornwall many growers I know are happy to sow in their polytunnels well into October…but having said that….they drink a lot of cider which may cloud their judgement.

Thx to Kendra for sending this pic of her Godetia 'Crown'...beautiful critters.
Thx to Kendra for sending this pic of her Godetia ‘Crown’…beautiful critters.

*Clear a bed of all weeks…make sure it gets oodles of sunshine….rake it to a fine ’tilth’.

*Godetia always seems to do well from a direct sowing. Sowing into pots and over wintering is possible but you much take care not to disturb the roots when planting out. Sow into 3 inch square pots and make sure the compost is well firmed so it will be less likely to break up when you transplant the little darlings.

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…from the Higgledy Garden.

*Good results can be achieved by direct sowing…I sow in straight lines…scratch a very shallow drill with a stick…water it BEFORE sowing your seeds thinly along it….cover very lightly with soil.

*Keep your seed drill moist throughout the germination process.

...grown by the fair hand of Lorraine @lorranines_veg
…grown by the fair hand of Lorraine @lorranines_veg

*When the seedlings a couple of inches high, thin them out to about a hand span apart.

You may find much of what is written in the mainstream garden media is somewhat disparaging of Godetia…it seems to have been labeled ‘old fashioned and boring’….well…it IS old fashioned…but boring it ain’t.

…thanks for tuning in!

Kind regards

Benjamin Higgledy

Related rants and wibbles:

Autumn Sowing Of Larkspur.

Why you should sow up a cutting patch bed in late summer/autumn.

Flowers to sow in late summer & autumn.