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Mirabilis jalapa

 
Mirabilis jalapa
four o'clocks

Common name four o'clocks
Family nyctaginaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z7-11)
Flowers various colors (summer)
Size 24-36"
Light sun-part shade
From seed Germinate with bottom heat
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensextended period, starting early September

Grown as an annual in our area. For some reason, I seldom fare well with these - they come up just fine indoors in spring, but then just sit there when I plant them outside. Maybe they need high fertility...
This year, my plants stayed small, but at least they bloomed. The variety was named 'Broken Colors', and indeed some of the flowers sported interesting color patterns, whereas others were uniformly shaded - sometimes on the same plant.

Mirabilis jalapa
four o'clocks

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Broken Colors' from '07 trade. Baggy 75F (100%G, 4-8d)
  2. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 75F (44%G, 4-6d)
  3. Seed from '09 garden. Baggy 75F (92%G, 4-11d)
  4. Seed from garden. Baggy 75F (67%G, 4-6d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 75F (30%G, 8-12d)
  6. Same seed as above. Baggy 75F (47%G, 8-16d)
  7. Same seed as above. Baggy 75F (90%G, 6-13d)


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