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Growing Guide for Mystery blooms

Here's some further information for growing your Mystery Blooms, and some ideal specifications for getting the best results. We’ve carefully chosen all our seeds for 3 main things:

- Easy to grow
- Quick to bloom,
- And small enough to grow in a pot.

Our in-season range will grow across the ‘Main Climates’ of Australia. If the seeds are intended for particularly severe climates, Check below for more details, or send us a message! If you need a certain flower seed we’ll be happy to see what we can do.

Some general growing advice: Seeds are cleverly designed to grow in the wild, so it won’t be too hard getting your seeds to grow in a cozy little pot or garden bed. To get the best results here are some general tips that will apply to most seed types- always follow the specific instructions on the information card, for planting info specific to that seed type.

Position:Young plants need sun and water to grow, so the best place to start seeds in a small pot on a sunny window sill. Our favourite pots or biodegradable ones, as these are waste free and avoid transplant shock because the pot can be planted into the ground. They’re available at most chain hardware stores.
Place a small dish under the pot to catch excess water, and keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.

Fertilising:To speed up growth you can apply a half strength, all-purpose fertiliser on the plant, once it has at least two ‘True Leaves’ (the first set of leaves are not true leaves). If you’re concerned the plant isn’t ready, use quarter strength fertiliser.

Below is extended growing information for our current in-season range.
Find your product by the number code mentioned on the front of the seed packet.

If you have any problems or questions, You can contact us directly for support before, during, and after your purchase at hello@mysteryblooms.com.au

Growing Season: Avoid extreme temperatures. Plant in early spring, in a full sun position, avoiding frost. Can also be grown indoors in a well lit area.

Soil type: Moist, well draining soil.

Sowing: Push seeds into soil, just below the surface. Keep moist until seeds germinate. Thin seedling to strongest 1-2.

Germination: Seeds will germinate in 10 days.

Care: Water regularly while young. Drought tolerant once established.

Harvest: For best flavour, don’t allow plant to flower. Pluck leaves and use fresh, or hang a bunch in a cool dry place to dry out.

Fresh leaves can be added after cooking to tomato based dishes, or vegetable side dishes. Dried leaves can be crushed and added to stews and and gravies.

(Want to know what type of herb this is? Just send us a message via the contact us page)

Growing Season: Start indoors in late winter, and transplant to outdoors once the plants have two sets of true leaves. In warm climates, sow outdoors Spring and Summer.

Soil Type: Moist, well draining soil, high in organic content.

Sowing: Sow seeds and cover with about 6mm of soil. Keep moist until seeds germinate. Thin seedlings to strongest 1-2.

Germination: Seedlings germinate in 1 week.

Care: Water regularly, do not allow soil to dry out.

Harvest: Pinch off flower buds to maintain flavour. Harvest leaves and use fresh in Asian style salads and rice paper rolls, or cook into stir fries and other warm dishes.

Growing Season: Spring-Autumn

Soil type: moist, well draining. Choose a full sun to part shade position.

Sowing: Sow seeds, cover with 6mm of soil, and firm down. Seeds require darkness to germinate. Keep moist until seeds germinate (about 3-4 weeks).

Care: water regularly, and pluck off dead flowers to increase the flowering period.

Growing season: Plant Spring in cooler areas, Spring-Autumn in warmer areas. Avoid frost.

Soil Type: Will tolerate a range of soil types, however a moderate fertile soil is ideal. Suitable for hanging baskets.

Sowing: Sow in full sun to part afternoon shade. Sow seeds 1.5-3cm deep, and 3cm apart. Seeds can be soaked overnight prior to planting to speed germination.

Germination: Seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks (or quicker if soaked).

Care: Pick flowers regularly to prolong the flowering period. Don’t over-fertilise, as this will lead to less flowers! Flowers are edible and can be used in salads.

Growing Season: Year-round, avoiding extreme heat or cold.
Spacing: Grows up to 12 cm high, and forms a rounded clump. Space plants 20cm apart.

Flowering Season: 8 weeks from sowing.

Pot size/garden bed: Well suited for small pots or rockeries, can be grown direct in a garden bed.

Soil type: Tolerates many soil types, preferring a free draining soil.

Position: Full sun

Sowing: Sow seeds, cover lightly, and firm down. Keep soil moist until seeds germinate.

Lifespan: Perennial, tolerates a light frost. Flowers in 8 weeks.

Germination: 7-10 days.

Care: Drought tolerant once established, grows quickly and flowers year round. Do not overwater.

Growing Season: Autumn and Spring.

Spacing: Grow in clumps for dramatic effect.

Flowering Season: Late Spring through to Summer.

Pot size/garden bed: Sow seeds in a medium size pot, or direct in the garden bed.

Soil type: Use a well draining potting mix.

Position: Full sun.

Sowing: Sow seeds 3mm deep, firm down gently, and keep moist until seeds germinate.

Lifespan: Perennial.

Germination: 7-10 days.

Care: Remove spent flowers to encourage continual blooming.

Growing Season: Spring/Summer

Spacing: 20cm

Flowering Season: Summer- Autumn, 14-16 weeks from sowing.

Pot size/garden bed: well suited to small pots, or rockeries. Can be grown in garden bed or as a ground cover.

Soil type: Grows in quite poor soil, as long as it is free draining.

Position: Full sun.

Sowing: Sows seeds 3mm deep, and keep moist until seedlings germinate.

Lifespan: Annual

Germination: 14-21 days.

Care: Drought tolerant once established, thrives in hot, dry conditions. Pinch off spent flowers to encourage further blooming.

Growing Season: Year round, if irrigated in dry weather.

Flowering Season: Spring-Summer.

Pot size/garden bed: Can be grown in small-medium pots, easy to grow in garden beds or rockeries.

Soil type: Will tolerate most soils except waterlogged. Ensure area is weed free prior to sowing.

Position: Full sun-part shade.

Sowing: Scatter seeds and cover lightly with soil. Water moderately until germination.

Lifespan: Seasonal annual.

Germination: 7-10 days.

Care: This native plant will readily self seed, coming back year after year. Excellent cut flower. To dry flowers, pick when they are just opening and hang upside down.

Growing Season: Spring-Summer.

Spacing: Space plants 20cm apart. Grows up to 50cm high.

Flowering Season: October- January, from 12 weeks.

Pot size/garden bed: Works well in small-medium pots and window boxes, or in rockeries.

Soil type: Will tolerate many types of soil, prefers well draining.

Position: Full sun to part shade, warm position. Prefers some shade when young.

Sowing: Sow seeds and cover lightly with soil. Keep moist until seedlings germinate, then water regularly until established.

Lifespan: Perennial.

Germination: Up to 3 weeks.

Care: Do not overwater plants. To keep the roots cool, cover with a layer of gravel. Drought and frost tolerant. Avoid fertilisers not designed for australian natives.

Growing Season: Spring-Summer, avoiding any frost on early plantings.

Flowering Season: 12 weeks from sowing, throughout Spring and Summer.

Pot size/garden bed: Popular in window boxes or hanging baskets, also suitable for planting in sunny garden beds.

Soil type: well draining soil, with fertiliser applied to established plants.

Position: Full sun position, especially important for germinating seeds and young seedlings.

Sowing: Ideally these plants should be started in a seed raising mix, in a biodegradable pot (or eggshell!). Sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil, and mist them to moisten them. For best results, cover the seeds with a transparent cover (such as plastic) and put them in a bright place out of direct sunlight. Remove the cover when the seeds germinate, and plant them out when they have developed 2-4 true leaves.

Lifespan: Annual.

Germination: 7-10 days.

Care: Seedlings are delicate, but plants will tolerate many extremes such as drought and summer storms. Water the soil, avoiding the leaves and flowers, to reduce the threat of disease.

Growing Season: Spring- Summer.

Spacing: Grows up to 50cm high. Space plants 25-30cm.

Flowering Season: Summer-Autumn.

Pot size/garden bed: Suited to borders and pots.

Soil type: Average well draining soil. For improved results dig in some well rotted organic matter.

Position: Prefers full sun.

Sowing: Sow seeds 1cm deep, cover lightly with soil, and firm down. Keep soil moist, but not wet, until seeds germinate.

Lifespan: Annual.

Germination: 7-12 days.

Care: Nip finished flowers for extended flowering time. Apply an all purpose fertiliser to promote fast, strong growth.