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Limnanthes - Poached Egg Plant - 50 seeds

Limnanthes - Poached Egg Plant - 50 seeds

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Poached egg plant (Limnanthes douglasii) is a low-growing annual plant native to California and Oregon. The plant produces attractive white and yellow flowers that resemble poached eggs, which is where the plant gets its common name. The flowers are a popular source of nectar for bees and other pollinators. Poached egg plant is often grown as a companion plant in vegetable gardens, as it can attract beneficial insects that help to control pests. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil, and it can be grown from seed sown directly in the garden in spring or autumn.

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Sowing and Growing Guide

Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes

Indoor Sowing

  • Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last expected frost date.
  • Fill seed trays with seed starting mix and sow seeds 1/4 inch deep, 2-3 seeds per cell.
  • Keep the soil moist and at a consistent temperature of 60-70°F.
  • Seedlings should emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Once seedlings have developed their first true leaves, thin them to one per cell.
  • Transplant seedlings outdoors after the last expected frost date, when they are 2-3 inches tall.

Outdoor Sowing

  • Sow seeds directly into the garden after the last expected frost date, when soil temperatures have reached at least 55°F.
  • Choose a sunny location with well-draining soil.
  • Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep and 1-2 inches apart.
  • Keep the soil moist and weed-free.
  • Thin seedlings when they are 2-3 inches tall, leaving 6-8 inches between plants.

Growing

  • Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes prefer well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.
  • Water consistently to keep soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.
  • Fertilize once a month with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more flowers.
  • Attract beneficial insects such as bees and hoverflies to your garden by planting Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes.
  • Harvest flowers as needed for fresh bouquets or to add color to salads.