Stock 'Cinderella' mix - SeedMathiola incana 'Cinderella'
These stocks have a wonderful fragrance!
The summer stocks mix (Matthiola incana 'Cinderella') is a pleasantly scented mixture ideal for brightening up your border! Because of their compact growth they are also suitable for planting in pots. Easy to grow and always a favourite as cut flowers for the home! All in all, the perfect flower to be enjoyed in the home, garden or in planters on the patio or decking.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreMatthiola incana seed requires no prior treatment.
How to SowSow under glass: March to April.
Sow in the garden: April to May.
There are two ways to sow:
- It's easy to sow from February indoors using a windowsill propagator - or perhaps in the cold frame. Best temperature would be 18-22 degrees C. Fill little pots with some potting compost and plant one seed per pot. Matthiola incana seeds need the light to germinate so do not cover it, just press it carefully down and sprinkle your row of pots with water and the heat will do the rest. Plant stock seedlings up to a slightly larger pot after one month, then delay growth from April until better weather by keeping them cool and light in perhaps a cold frame. They can go outdoors from May.
- Sow directly in the garden, in a sunny spot from the end of April into May. Loosen the soil with a fork to about 30 cm and draw a straight grove about 1 cm deep. Always label your rows! Mix the seeds with dry, sharp sand and sprinkle along the row. Don't cover them as stock (Matthiola incana) seeds need light to germinate. Just press carefully onto the soil and then sprinkle the row with water. Extra rows should be 20 cm apart.
Planting out in the garden
Plant out your profusely flowering Matthiola incana from the beginning of May just where you want them. Summer flowering stocks look great in beds, borders or large planters.
Prepare a wide hole and improve poor soil with well-rotted manure or at least some fresh potting compost.
These compact growing varieties should be about 20 cm apart - closer when in pots (15 cm). The not so compact growers can be spaced at 30 cm apart (25 cm in pots).
Press well in and water immediately after planting.
Show moreWater extra in periods of drought, keep the bed free of weeds and just watch your stocks thrive. Matthiola incana (stock) is very undemanding and will do well even if the soil is poor. The plants will bloom from the beginning of May.
HarvestingPick the lovely mid-height stock flower stems easily with scissors or a sharp knife.
Show moreMatthiola incana is an annual plant that comes in two varieties: the compact growing summer stocks grow up to 20-35 cm high. Other varieties grow 50-60 cm tall. This plant originated in Southern Europe.
Matthiola incana is self-seeding. If you do not want this, remove the spent flowers on time.
The seed is very hardy. Although the plant can tolerate a certain of amount of cold it will freeze in a very cold winter.
How to useStocks look just adoreable in borders as well as in planters on your patio or decking. The lovely flowers look great in the vase too and make a terrific summery bouquet!