Lobelia Seeds - Regatta Mix
- Seed Count: 15 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 60-70 days after planting
- Plant Height: 6-8 inches
- Flower Colors: Mix of blue, white, and rose
- Growing Habit: Mounding and trailing
- Light Requirements: Partial to full sun
- Soil Requirements: Rich, well-drained soil
- Special Features: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
History: Lobelia, a genus comprising more than 400 species, is named after the 17th-century Flemish botanist Matthias de L'Obel. The Regatta Mix variety is specifically bred for a versatile range of colors including blue, white, and rose. Originating in the Americas and found in a variety of habitats, this mix offers a blend of the most visually striking Lobelia cultivars. With its rich history of both ornamental and medicinal uses, Lobelia has been a mainstay in gardens and herbal remedies for centuries. It has historically been used for treating respiratory and muscle disorders, although it is mainly appreciated for its aesthetic appeal in modern times.
Uses: Lobelia is exceedingly versatile in its applications. It is often used in hanging baskets, containers, and window boxes due to its mounding and trailing habits. This particular mix, with its range of colors, is great for creating a visually captivating environment. Besides its ornamental uses, the Lobelia Regatta Mix is a pollinator-friendly plant, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. Additionally, its compact size makes it an excellent border plant or a ground cover for larger areas, providing a blanket of color when in full bloom. It's also frequently used in rock gardens for a cascade of vibrant hues.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Lobelia Regatta Mix is well-suited for both beginners and experienced gardeners. Its mounding and trailing habits make it a prime choice for various settings. For best results, sow the seeds indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost date. Use a seed-starting mix and lightly press the seeds into the soil, ensuring they are still exposed to light as this aids in germination. Maintain a temperature of 70-75°F for optimal growth. Transplant the seedlings outdoors after the risk of frost has passed, spacing them 6-8 inches apart in rich, well-drained soil. Place them in a location that receives partial to full sun. The plants require moderate watering and are relatively low-maintenance, although pinching back the tips can encourage bushier growth. Typically, you can expect a burst of color 60-70 days after planting, lasting through the summer and into the early fall.