Marvel of Peru Mixture Four O’Clocks Seeds 5230
Marvel of Peru Mixture Four O’Clocks Seeds 5230. Very bushy, vigorous plants growing to 60 cm (2′) in height. Bright, clear flowers of white, red, yellow, rose and lilac open later in the day although they will open somewhat earlier on cloudy days. Flowers are fragrant and attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Due to their size and bushiness, Four O’Clocks are quite suitable as an informal flowering hedge. Plants produce tubers that often grow large enough to be lifted and stored over the winter much like dahlias. The tubers can be replanted the following spring after the danger of frost has passed. Four O’ Clocks are prolific bloomers and often self sow.
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How to Grow
10 seed/gram. Soak sow for a few hours before planting as this may help speed germination. Sow seed directly in the garden in late May and early June about 1 cm (3/8″) deep and at least 60 cm (2′) from other plants. Thin to 45 cm (18″) apart when seedlings are 5-8 cm (2-3″) tall. For earlier flowering start seed in a soil-less mix indoors 6 weeks before your typical earlier. Germination occurs 7-10 days at 21 C (70 F). Grow-on under lights at 15 C (60 F) then harden off and transplant out to the garden in late May to early June in an area with full sun or a slightly shaded site.
Marvel of Peru Mixture Four O’Clocks Seeds 5230 Description Marvel of Peru Mixture Four O’Clocks Seeds 5230. Very bushy, vigorous plants growing to 60 cm (2′) in height. Bright, clear flowers
Marvel of Peru, a wonderful fragrant bloom
Marvel of Peru is an exotic shrub native to the Americas. It blooms in abundance and shares fragrant perfumes to the night garden.
Main Marvel of Peru facts
Name – Mirabilis jalapa
Family – Nyctaginaceae
Type – perennial or annual
Height – 32 inches tall (0.8 m)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary that drains well
Flowering – June until September
It tends to spread fast when conditions suit it well. Taking care of it is easy as long as care is regular.
Planting Marvel of Peru
How to plant Marvel of Peru from pots
You can find potted Marvel of Peru in most garden stores and horticulture centers in April and May. That is the best time to plant them (Spring).
- Spacing between Marvel of Peru plants should be a bit less than 1 foot: 10-12 inches (25-30cm).
- Plant them in a diamond pattern to cover a patch more evenly.
Starting Marvel of Peru from seed
Marvel of Peru bears lots of seeds and it’s easy to get them to germinate. Protect seedlings from frost at all costs.
- Sow under a protection in March
- or wait until May to sow in the ground.
Alternatively, you can sow in a tray and transplant seedlings outdoors in May.
Trimming and pruning Marvel of Peru
Since Marvel of Peru is more of a herbaceous plant than a woody one, it won’t grow very large. Stems sprout from seed, bloom, bear seeds, and after a few years die off, replaced by new seedlings.
- There’s no need to prune or trim Marvel of Peru.
Control invasive Marvel of Peru
Marvel of Peru will turn invasive because it produces a lot of seeds. Seeds germinate easily, too.
- In Spring, “cull” or remove any seedlings you find growing outside of their designated area.
- During the blooming, cut any dead or wilted flowers to keep them from going to seed.
Learn more about the Marvel of Peru flower
Peru is the modern-day name of that portion of South America that was once the heart of the Inca civilization. Inca would cultivate Mirabilis species for their flowers, and some even for food. That’s why one of the names of this plant is “Marvel of Peru”.
Flowers are astounding and each will be different from the next. Indeed, Marvel of Peru blooms in such a manner that colors and patterns are unique to each flower.
Smart tip about Marvel of Peru
Fertilizing with organic fertilizers and adding a light layer of mulch will greatly increase the blooming of your Marvel of Peru.
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Red yellow Marvel of Peru flower by Petra Göschel ★ under Pixabay license
Red marvel of Peru by Anniroc Znuk ★ under Pixabay license
Marvel of Peru opens up its flowers at the end of the afternoon to release a very appealing scent. Easy tips on proper care and propagation.