Learning Download: How to Grow Lychnis
The Lychnis plant is a perennial that grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-10. It can reach up to 32 inches high, and it typically blooms red with a silvery-gray foliage cover.
Before Planting: Lychnis seed can be planted directly into the garden, and the benefit from being prechilled in the refrigerator for two weeks before they are sown in the garden.
Planting: Direct sow the seeds in average soil after all danger of frost have passed. When planting, barely press the seeds into the soil, because light aids in germination, and space the seeds 8 inches apart.
Watering: Water the plants at least once a week, and be sure to water early in the morning to give the leaves time to dry.
Fertilizer: Fertilize Lychnis in the spring to encourage the plant’s blooming season. When fertilizing, be sure to use a fertilizer high in phosphorous.
Days to Maturity: Lychnis begin to bloom in the late spring and lasts throughout the summer.
Harvesting: Lychnis can be added to cut flower bouquets for a flash of color.
Tips: During its growing season, be sure to keep weeds under control and apply an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves to maintain a natural look.