About Sweet Sultan Imperialis Mix: Native to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, this flower has been popular in gardens since the 1600s because of its fragrant blossoms. Its common name, "Sweet Sultan," comes from its origins in the Eastern countries under the rule of the Ottoman Sultans. It belongs to the the same botanical family as its English cousin Bachelor's Button, or cornflower.
Sweet Sultan Imperialis Mix Germination: Since Sweet Sultan does not transplant well, direct sowing is the best method. Sow 2-3 weeks before the last frost, planting the seeds 1/4" deep and 4-6" apart. Thin the seedlings to 9-12" apart. Alternatively, the seed can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks, then planted after the last frost; for fall planting, direct sow the seed in late fall for early spring growth. Germination should take place within 14-20 days. Sweet Sultan prefers full sun and dry to well-drained soil.
Growing Sweet Sultan Imperialis Mix Seeds: Keep the soil evenly moist, but do not over water. Water the plants carefully to avoid getting the foliage wet; excess moisture on the leaves can cause disease. Sweet Sultan can grow well in cold climates, as well as tolerating heat and drought. These flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Harvesting Sweet Sultan Imperialis Mix: For cut flowers, cut the stems just when the blossoms are beginning to open. The flowers will stay fresh for 6-10 days. Sweet Sultan flowers also make excellent dried flowers.
Saving Sweet Sultan Imperialis Mix Seeds: Allow the blooms to fully mature and dry on the stem. Remove the heads and spread them out to finish drying away from direct sunlight. Gently rub the seed heads to separate the seed from the husk. The small, oblong seeds will have a feathery tuft on one end. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Sweet Sultan Imperialis Mix Info: Origin: Asia, Middle East Other Common Names: Sweetsultan Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Late Spring - Early Fall Height: 18-24 inches Spacing: 9-12 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium USDA Zone: 7 to 10 Seeds Per Oz: 6,850 Produces fragrant, fluffy 2-3" blossoms in pink, white, yellow, and red, with deeply cut blue-green foliage.