Poached Egg Plant Seeds
Native to the American West, the Poached-Egg Plant is just 6-12 inches tall
and 6 inches wide, yet is sweetly fragrant, a magnet for butterflies and bees,
and terrifically floriferous over a long summer-to-fall season.
How To Grow Poached Egg Plant From Seed-Limnanthes
Because it's a native plant, expect great resistance to weather, poor soil, and other hardships that slow down "imports"! Limnanthes is easy to grow, and makes an exceptionally nice edging along walkways. It will self-seed very freely, so you may want it in a meadowland or informal setting where it can pop up unexpectedly next spring.
Find a sunny spot for this annual, which delights with ferny divided foliage and bright yellow-and-white blooms -- held in a shallow cup shape -- on slender stems. It is delightful in containers of all kinds, but I prefer it in a large planting at the front of the border or bed, where it can share its fragrance with less-fortunate plants.
- It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender.
- It will flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from July to August.
- Poached Egg Plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.
- The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
- It cannot grow in the shade.
- It requires moist soil.
- Poached Egg Seedlings are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees.
- Sow seed in fall or spring where you want it to grow.
- The location needs to be moist, or at least an area you can water regularly so it doesn't dry out.
- In it's native habitat poached egg flowers are located near streams and other moist areas.
- Light is needed for good germination, so cover ever so lightly with a small amount of sand or soil, and keep moist.
- You may need to protect the seeds from birds with screen or other mesh.
- The plants will have a spread of about 8 inches.
- They also need full sun, and reseed easily. If you are worried about too many seeds, just deadhead most of the plants and leave a few to seed. It is one of those plants that need sun, but yet it needs cool roots. Poached egg flowers bloom 8-10 weeks from sowing.