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False Indigo

Baptisia australis. A bit shy and slow, this handsome ornamental from the Pea family will probably not bloom until the second spring, but it is SO worth it. Once established, it grows into thick, full clumps that thrive until fall's first killing frost. Clusters may be divided in the early spring and replanted. Once the flowers have died back, Baptistia is fairly drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Perennial. Hardiness zones: 3-9. Early summer flowering. Height: 36" to 48".

Average seed life: 1 year.

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False Indigo Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:3”-4”
Plant Spacing:18”
Days to Germination:10-14 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Baptisia australis. Start transplants indoors 2 weeks before the last frost date. Prior to planting, carefully nick the hard seed coat with a file and/or soak the seeds overnight in lukewarm water to assist germination. Pamper with 65°-75°F temperatures, good air circulation and even moisture. Avoid overwatering. Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into larger, deeper pots for full root system development. After all danger of frost has passed and seedlings are 4" tall, harden them off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. Transplant out 18" apart in rich, well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight. Water regularly. Mulch to deter weeds and retain ground moisture. It will probably not bloom until the second spring. Established, it grows into thick clusters. Early summer flowering. Height: 36" to 48".

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