Statice is also known as an 'everlasting flower' because it's pretty calyx stays on much after the flower has dried. The tiny funnel shaped statice flowers have a delicate, airy, hazy appearance, almost like smoke. They are ideal for beds, borders in any garden.
Statice is easy to grow and salt tolerant. Plant in full sun in well drained soil. They are fairly drought tolerant.
The flowers are perfect for drying, during bouquets. Cut them when the flowers are fully opened, remove the leaves and put the stems in a vase full of water. Put the vase in a cool, dry area. Once all of the water has disappeared from the vase, you can use the dried flowers for decoration.
Pot Culture: Statice can be sown directly into pots. Sow 5-6 seeds in a 10" to 12" pot and cover lightly. Sow the seeds 4 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 4 weeks old, transplant them into their fixed position in your garden. The spacing between plants should be 40 cm. Provide sufficient manure in the ground.
Watering should be done when the soil is dry. Keep it moist. 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.
The seeds in this packet are of mixed colours. The flowering starts from almost 19 to 20 week. The plant attains a height of 60-65 cms.