Grow-A-Long Malope & Stock

Malope trifida and Stock (matthiola incana) part 1 sowing seeds for successful germination. You can follow along in real time by following me on Instagram @zoewoodwardgardening.

For busy gardeners you can now plan ahead with our Grow-A-Long Handbooks.

It contains technical growing information including plant heights and spacing, what to pinch and when, key dates to help you plan for the growing season ahead, and a sowing schedule.

About half of the plants will be singles and half the plants will produce double blooms so grow twice as many as you need. We will have a go at selecting out the single stock plants to increase the odds of doubles. Not all stocks are suitable for selecting and not all stocks are selected in the same way. In this video we look at the characteristics of double and single flowered seedlings.

About half your stock plants will be singles and half the plants will produce double blooms so grow twice as many as you need.

We will have a go at selecting out the single stock plants to increase the odds of doubles.

Not all stocks are suitable for selecting. In this video we will select stocks that are effected by colour change. Plants will need to be chilled for selecting to be possible.

Out in the cold greenhouse nature will do this for us.

Planting up a pot

Harvest Stocks (Matthiola incana) straight into deep water and allow them to condition preferably overnight. I use a dark cool shed with the door open, this allows any insects to escape back into the garden before I come to arrange with the flowers.

A cool kitchen or bathroom with an open window will also work well.

Insects including the dreaded Pollen Beetle dislike being indoors.

Harvesting Stocks