Nigella is a very beautiful plant, which can reach a height of 60 cm. It has large flowers that resemble a lace cover spread on the ground. Today there are several varieties of plants - Damascus, Oriental, sowing and Spanish. The main difference is the color of flowers, while any Nigella grown from seeds the same way. Flowering lasts almost until the first frost, of course, with proper care and the creation of optimal conditions for growth.
Nigella: growing from seed
The amazing flowers of Nigella Damascus, the cultivation of seeds of which does not require much effort, amaze with the beauty of the bright sepals. In diameter, the flowers reach almost 5 cm, while there may be a wide variety of colors - white, saturated blue, red, crimson, yellow, blue.
Nigella has fruit-boxes, in which are the seeds of the plant. Full ripening occurs around the end of August or the beginning of September. Collected and well-dried seeds can be stored for about 3 years, since during this time they remain fully viable.
The plant is unpretentious and can easily tolerate not even large frosts, so you can sow the seeds before winter, but it is likely that not all will germinate, also the flowering period will begin later than with the method of growing seedlings.
If the seedling method is chosen, the seeds should be sown in April. To do this, take a spacious box, poured a layer of soil, which is suitable for seedlings. Seeds do not need to be deepened too much; it is enough just to slightly press down on top and sprinkle with a thin layer of soil.
To accelerate the germination of seeds, you need to cover the top of the box with glass. After about 2-3 weeks, the first shoots begin to appear. As soon as several leaves appear on young sprouts, they can be dived along separate peat pots. In the room the seedlings are left until the moment when the frosts are completely frozen.
Due to its beauty, Nigella is often used in creating original and vivid landscape designs. Among the advantages of this flower is the fact that it does not lose its beauty in combination with other garden plants in rockeries or garden beds. Bright flowers are not worse than brahikome and will delight you all summer with their beauty, and dried fruit boxes can be used not only to collect seeds, but also when creating original dried bouquets or ikeban.