Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’
We have a new bed in a prominent position just outside our new Summer House. This bed gets a little morning sun then dips into shade for the rest of the day.
Step forward, Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’, also known as the ‘tobacco plant’.
The flowers open at night, filling the surrounding terrace with delicious scent wafting through the evening air.
I’ve included plenty of pictures in the gallery so you can see for yourself how well it performed.
How to grow:
Technically a tender short lived perennial, seeds take a little longer to germinate and grow than true annuals.
Seeds will benefit from ‘a bit of warmth’ to germinate, 20-22°C is ideal, a warm kitchen or a heat mat.
Do not cover seeds need light to germinate.
Protect from slugs and plant 22cm apart in well-drained soil with full sun or part shade.
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Variety: Nicotiana alata
Type: Tender short lived perennial grown as an annual
Position: Full Sun / Part Shade
Space: Plant 22cm
Height: 60 cm
Harvest: June/July onwards
Seeds per packet: 250
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick when a third of the blooms are open straight into buckets of water. Flowers may benefit from searing before resting preferably overnight. Click for more detailed information on conditioning. Remove fading flowers from the lower portion of the stem every few days to extend the vase life.
Part of the Solanaceae family. Ingestion may cause severe discomfort. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling.