About Virginia Stock: Because of its rapid growth and appealing fragrance, this plant has been a special favorite of young gardeners for generations. The genus name Malcomia honors William Malcom, the founder of a seed company based in 18th century London. The species name “maritima” refers to this Mediterranean plant’s affinity for the seashore.
Virginia Stock Germination: Sow seeds as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Planting just below the surface of the soil and keep moist until germination, which usually occurs within 10-15 days at 60-65 degrees F. For continuous blooming, plant a new crop every 4 weeks. In mild climates, sow in late fall for early spring blooms.
Growing Virginia Stock Seeds: Water seedlings regularly until they become established, and control weeds. Mature plants are fairly drought tolerant, but also appreciate watering in dry weather. This plant makes an attractive ground cover as well as excellent choice for small, shallow spaces.
Harvesting Virginia Stock: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed outdoors.
Saving Virginia Stock Seeds: After the flower fades, slender seed ponds will develop. As soon as the pods begin to dry out, collect them and remove the seeds. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Virginia Stock Info: Origin: Introduced US Wildflower Other Common Names: Gillyflower Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer Height: 6-12 inches Spacing: 6-8 inches Light: Full Sun to Part Shade Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 70,000 Produces a low plant with masses of small, fragrant four petaled flowers in varied shades of pink, purple, and white.