Mesembryanthemum - Harlequin
Mesembryanthemum 'Harlequin' is an easy to grow annual bedding flower which produces colourful blooms throughout the summer. The daisy like flowers come in shades of red, magenta, pink, yellow, white and orange.
Mesembryanthemum can tolerate drought and sandy soil and is a useful plant to brighten up rock gardens, walls and paths.
|When to sow||Indoors February to May, outdoors in May to June once all risk of frost has passed.|
|Where to sow||Sow indoors on surface of moist compost filled pots or trays and cover the seeds with 0.5cm (1/4in) of compost or vermiculite. Place in a warm position (temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal).|
|Sow outdoors direct in to a well prepared seedbed. Sow the seeds sparingly in rows 25 - 30 cm apart. Cover the seeds with 0.5cm (1/4in) of fine soil and water well.|
|What to do next||For seeds sown indoors, when seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.|
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 30cm (12in) apart.|
|Thin the seedlings sown direct outdoors out so they are 30cm (12in) apart. Carefully replant thinned plants to fill any gaps.|
|Water well until plants are established.|
|Deadhead to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds.|
|Flowering period||June to September.|
|Uses||Bedding plants, hanging baskets, borders, rock gardens, containers, coastal gardens, patio's, between flagstones, growing in walls|