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Corn Cockles

Agrostemma githago. Not as widely grown in the United States as they are in England, Corn Cockles prefer to be direct-sown into the garden after the last spring frost date. They really dislike having their roots disturbed. Corn Cockle flowers are borne upright on well-branching stems growing up to 3' tall with an airy, natural effect. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 2' to 3'.

Average seed life: 1 to 2 years.

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Corn Cockle Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/2”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:10”-12”
Days to Germination:7-14 days
Germination Temperature:60°-70°F

Agrostemma githago. Easily grown, it should be direct-sown after all danger of spring frost has passed. Corn Cockles may also be started indoors 4 weeks before transplanting out after the threat of spring frost has passed. Use individual peat pots or seed-starting cells to avoid root disturbance. Provide even moisture, strong light and air circulation. Prepare a bed in full sunlight with loamy, well-draining soil. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them outside for a week to 10 days before transplanting out. Thin or transplant to 12" apart. Keep the bed well-weeded and moderately watered until the plants are established. A British cottage garden favorite, it yields abundant 5-petaled, 11⁄2" fuchsia-pink flowers with black-whiskered white centers on fine-haired stems. Summer flowering. Height: 2' to 3'.