Scabiosa

(seed; cutflower)

Stage 1

Rooting hormones
No

Vermiculite cover
Yes

Soil temp (min)
65

Soil temp (max)
70

Irrigation frequency
Medium

Surfactant
No

Time (min)
7

Time (max)
10

Stage 2

Soil temp (min)
65

Soil temp (max)
70

Moisture
Medium

Fertilizer
50-75 1x/wk

Soil EC
<0.75

Time (min)
7

Time (max)
7

Stage 3

Soil temp (min)
62

Soil temp (max)
65

Allow to wilt
No

Wash leaves
No

Fertilizer
100-150 1x/wk

Soil EC
<1.0

Time (min)
21

Time (max)
21

Stage 4

Soil temp (max)
62

Allow to wilt
No

Wash leaves
No

Fertilizer
100-150 1x/wk

Soil EC
<0.75

Time (min)
6

Time (max)
7

General

  • Very difficult to sow by machine
  • Germination may be irregular and can be improved by dropping night temperature S-1 0°F/3-SoC during Stages 1 and 2
  • Control growth with DIF, low temperature, moisture, and nitrate fertilizer
  • 6-7 weeks total crop time

adapted from data published by Dr. Roger Styer