Commonly known as ‘Love in a Mist’, Nigella (Nigella damascena) are lovely flowering annuals for winter and spring gardens. Their common name may arise from their fern-like soft foliage that provides a delicate background for their unique and attractive flowers that come in calming whites, pinks and shades of blue.


How to grow nigella in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in the garden that gets full sun to part shade, with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
  2. Thinly spread the seed directly where they are to grow and lightly cover with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Firm down.
  3. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  4. Once the seedlings have grown at least 5 cm, place a light layer of organic mulch, such as bark chips, woodchip or pea straw around the base of the plant.
  5. Feed during the growing and flowering season with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flower Liquid Plant Food.
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How to grow nigella in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200 mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Sow the seeds directly into the pot by pressing them lightly into the mix and water well. 
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  5. Feed during the growing and flowering season with Yates Thrive Roses & Flower Liquid Plant Food. TIP: For an added boost apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Remove spent blooms to prolong the flowering period and encourage new buds to form. 
  • You can create long lasting dried specimens from these flowers. To do this cut seed heads off the plant before they burst open.
 

Yates varieties

Nigella 'Love-In-A-Mist'

Pure white petals contrast with rich mascara purple stamens - giving unique new beauty to an Old World bloom.

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