As a breeding breakthrough, this novelty variety is already receiving a lot of attention in horticultural circles. Native to central Australia, Joey is not only attractive, but also exhibits both heat and drought tolerance. Large, 3-4" bottlebrush spikes start out a glistening silver color, then gradually darkens to neon pink near the tips. The feathery spikes crown attractive thick silvery foliage of the 12-18" plants for a pleasing effect. Use Joey as an accent plant in mixed containers, or massed in the garden. Either way, home gardeners will be quite taken with this sun-loving variety.
How To Grow Joey Ptilotus From Seeds
Takes 5-7 days at 70-72 °F
- Stage 1 requires light for germination.
- Cover seed lightly with vermiculite after sowing.
- Stage II moderate soil moisture levels.
- Stage III: Gradually lower temperatures to 66-68 °F and lower soil moisture levels.
- Stage IV: Temperatures can be reduced to 66 °C. Transplant plugs as scheduled and do not let plugs get root bound.
- 6-8 weeks after sowing transplant.
- Use a well-drained media, pH 5.5-6.5
- Day neutral, but a light summation flowering response.
- Higher light levels promote shorter, better-branched plants with larger flowers.
- Grow at 70-74 °F.
- Avoid temperatures below 60 °F
- Moderate to high fertilization levels are required.
- Fertilize the crop weekly with 100-150 ppm nitrogen, using a complete and balanced fertilizer.
- Avoid high ammonium and high nitrogen levels.
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