PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Cobaea scandens f. Alba AGM|
|White Cup and Saucer Vine|
|A white-flowered version of the more familiar purple/blue, this climber, which must usually be treated as an annual in the UK when situated outside, but can be successfully grown as a perennial indoors if warmth and some humidity are provided, is the perfect choice for a sunny, sheltered wall, trellis or pergola. Once the young plants have acclimatised, attractive foliage scrambles eagerly upwards with the aid of tendrils, followed in late summer to early autumn by unusual, showy green-white flowers about 40mm across and 60mm long, looking for all the world like fairies' cups and saucers. Plants, when offered, are strong and ready for planting in their final positions.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Seeds should be sown early to increase the chances of a good display of flowers before the first frosts. If possible, sow in late winter; otherwise in February or early March at 16-21C (60-70F). Sowings can be made as late as April, but will need much attention if they are to fully develop within the growing season. Sow shallowly, singly and on their edge to help prevent rotting, in modules containing good quality compost, having first soaked the seeds for a couple of hours in lukewarm water. Place in a propagator or sealed plastic bag and keep the soil damp but not waterlogged. Germination may take 21-30 days. Grow on, transplanting into larger pots as the plants develop and plant out after hardening off in a warm, sunny and sheltered spot, offering support for the plants to climb, when there is no more risk of frost.|