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Hoary stock      

Matthiola incana

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Hoary stock is part of the Matthiola genus and its scientific name is Matthiola incana.

Tall flower spikes of shades of mauve, pink or cream. Leaves simple and sightly hairy. The flowers have a strong sweet scent.

This variety has a floral fragrance and typically grows to 2.5 cm (0.97 inches imperial) in diameter, blooming in the following colours:   Cerise pink and   Purple mountain majesty and   Cream. The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 4. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Medium sea green and   Forest green (web)

A type of non-edible flower / ornamental, it mainly grows as an annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 1.95 feet (60.0 cm). Expect blooming to occur in early summer.

Hoary stock is a great plant to attract bees to your garden.

Typically, Hoary stock is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Hoary stock have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Hoary stock

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

May require staking, a the blooms can be very heavy

Hoary stock likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Hoary stock is thought of as half hardy, so protect with a row cover whenever the temperatures drop.

See our list of companion Plants for Hoary stock to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Hoary stock from seed

Sow mid summer and pot up three seedlings into a 7cm pot. Grow on, potting up as the plants mature.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Hoary stock

Plant out into final flowering position in late summer or autumn, middle to back of a sunny border

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around -5°C / 23°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Hoary stock is a half hardy plant.

How long does Hoary stock take to grow?

These estimates for how long Hoary stock takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Hoary stock to germinate?
5 days

Average 5 days | Min 3 days | Max 19 days (8)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Hoary stock?
+ 5 days

Average 5 days | Min 5 days | Max 5 days (1)

Days to Maturity How long until Hoary stock is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 40 days

Average 40 days | Min 40 days | Max 40 days (1)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Hoary stock?
= 50 days

Other names for Hoary stock


Matthiola incana (L.) W.T. Aiton

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