Limonium sinuatum. The Statice Supreme Mixture was bred in France for their large inflorescence, uniform height, and strong stems. This lovely mix is outstanding for fresh cut flowers, and particularly nice for drying. Flowers appear in crimson red, pink, yellow, blue, white, and purple. Start Supreme Mixture statice seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost and transplant once nighttime temperatures are up around 10°C (50°F). Grow in full sun in any well drained soil. Tolerant of very dry soil, but keep watered in long periods of drought. Statice blooms from July to September on plants that grow 60cm (24") tall.
Statice is also known as sea-lavender and marsh-rosemary. It is widely grown for cut flowers and for dried flower arrangements. Continue reading below for some tips on how to grow Statice from seed.
Easy but slow
Exposure: Full sun
Start Statice seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Keep soil moist at 18-21°C (65-70°F). Seeds should sprout in 21-30 days. Provide ample light as soon as seedlings emerge. Transplant once night time temperatures are consistently above 10°C (50°F).
Sow seeds 5mm (1/4″) deep, and keep soil just moist, not wet. Thin to 40-45cm (16-18") apart.
Prior to transplanting, work the soil to a depth of 20cm (8") to improve drainage. If transplanting to a container, add a quantity of grit or perlite to achieve the same end. Remove any Statice plants after they have been killed by frost in order to avoid disease.