Statice Growing Guide
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Fertile, well-drained soil enriched with compost. Sandy loam is ideal.
No. Statice is best grown as a summer annual.
Drench plants with a liquid organic fertiliser in early summer, a month or so after setting them out.
Single Plants: 30cm (11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 30cm (11") with 30cm (11") row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Start seeds indoors and expect seeds to germinate after 10 days. Transplant after the soil warms when they are 6 weeks old. Or, buy bedding plants in spring. Set statice seedling slightly high to encourage good drainage. Keep the soil moist, but avoid over-watering.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
Statice is grown for its colourful bracts, which surround the tiny flowers. The bracts retain their colours when dried, making statice a top flower for drying.
Gather stems when the bracts are fully open, and hang them in a dim, well-ventilated place to dry. Statice is not a strong rebloomer, so most gardeners pull out the plants after the blossoms are harvested. In some mild coastal areas, the plants will persist as short-lived perennials.
Root rot is a worry with statice, best prevented by growing the plants at proper spacing in well-drained soil that dries between rains.
Planting and Harvesting Calendar
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Pests which Affect Statice