Schizanthus Butterfly Flower; 10°C/50°F; Chile

The dwarf forms of these very floriferous half hardy annuals will provide a wealth of colour in the spring. The larger schizanthus tend to be much too space-demanding for the average size room. Again there will be the need for light and airy conditions if plants are to remain compact and attractive – in hot conditions the plants tend to become much too loose and open, so much less attractive. The colour range of S. pinnatus and its named dwarf varieties is almost infinite, and the delicate single ‘butterfly’ flowers are most effective set off against the fern-like foliage. Grow in a loam-based soil mix and pinch out the tips of young plants to encourage bushy growth. Discard after flowering.

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