Phlox is one of the brightest flowers for mass bedding or borders. The range of flower colour is magnificent, many with contrasting white centers. The plants prefer full sunlight but perform well in any situation which has sun for part of the day.
Phlox can be sown in areas of mild to proper winter conditions. They require friable, well drained soil with added organic manure (Biogro). They taluate fairly day condition but keep them well watered.
Pot Culture: Phlox can be sown directly into pots. Sow 5 – 6 seeds in an 8” pot and cover lightly. Sow the seeds 3 mm deep. Water lightly. Keep in shade till they germinate in about 10-12 days. Gradually exposed to full sun. Soil should be moist but not wet. Later keep 2 – 3 healthy seedlings in the pot and discard the rest.
In Ground: To grow in ground, make seedlings first. Once the seedlings are 2 – 3 weeks old, transplant them into their fixed position in your garden. The spacing between plants should be 15 cm. Provide sufficient manure in the ground.
Watering should be done when the soil is dry. Keep it moist. During rains ensure there is no water logging. Feed Bahaar (liquid) fertilizer once in 15 days and later once buds appear feed Maxi grow fertilizer. It will ensure more flowers. Continue once in 7 days till the end of last flowers. To keep the soil enriched, put Biogro (organic manure) once a month.
When flowering commences, avoid overhead watering as flowers last better when dry. Remove spent flowers to promote new buds.
The seeds in this packet are of drummondii dwarf variety and are ideal for carpeting, low borders and in rockeries. They are of mixed colours i.e. wide colour range which includes pink, lavender, scarlet, crimson, blue and white with some flowers with light coloured centers. The flowering starts from 65 – 70 days. The plant attains a height of 25cms. Though there are above colours mentioned it may not be necessary that all are present in this packet.