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).
|Mina Syn. Ipomoea lobata Syn. versicolor 'Exotic Love'|
|Mina Lobata, Spanish Flag|
|Sold out for now|
|Recently re-classified as a member of the Ipomoea genus (Ipomoea versicolor) and sometimes referred to as Quamoclit lobata, but still more widely recognised as Mina lobata... whatever you prefer to call it, this stunning half-hardy annual climbing plant is a must! Attractive foliage is followed by spikes of flowers that fade from bright red through orange and yellow to cream as they age. A long flowering period is an added bonus.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Most sources suggest sowing January to March, but in my experience, later sowings - up to mid-way through April - are more reliable, particularly in an unheated greenhouse, and the plants soon catch up. Although received wisdom is to soak the seeds overnight and/or nick the seed coating, I have not found this to be necessary. Sow singly in modules or two to a 3in pot, at a depth of 0.25in/6mm, under glass . Pinch out growing tips of seedlings when they are a few inches tall. Acclimatise to outdoor conditions and plant in out when all risk of frost has passed, providing support. Avoid giving the plants too much nitrogen, as this can encourage abundant foliage at the expense of blooms!|