These popular, bushy, half-hardybedding plants make a colourful show in formal and mixed borders. In hot weather, blooming time is short and a later will provide a succession of blooms.
Suitable site and soil. Plant in an open, sunnyor in light shade in well-drained and manured, slightly acid, soil.
Cultivation and care. Plant out into floweringin early summer and water well in dry conditions.
Propagation. Sowinto trays of under glass in early spring. When large enough to handle, prick off 138 into boxes and harden them off before planting out in spring. In mild areas, direct into flowering site in mid-spring.
Recommended varieties.strumosa makes bushy growth and produces abundant in a wide colour range. It varies in height from 20-45cm – 8-18in. Flowers are trumpet-shaped and are available in white, yellow, orange, pink, red and various shades of blue. is available in single colours, such as ‘Blue Gem’ and ‘Fire King’. Mixed colour combinations are popular and include ‘Carnival’ with large and ‘Funfair’. Most unusual is ‘Mello Red and White’ with bi-colour flowers with top half red and lower half white. Also available is a plain white version ‘Mello White’. For a collection of mixed bi-colours, grow ‘Sparklers’.
Pests and diseases. Generally trouble free but plants may die if attacked by fungal diseases such as foot androt.
When first flush of flowering is over cut backto produce a second flush of pretty flowers. At the same time, plant out second of nemesia to provide an unbroken colour .