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Sow N Sow Gift Of Seeds - Everlasting Daisy

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Share the sights and smells of Australia with family and friends living locally and overseas with a gift of native Everlasting Daisy seeds.

Everlastings or ‘paper daisies’ are pretty pink and white flowers with papery petals that grow naturally in Western and South Australia. Easy to grow, the seeds can be sown directly into garden beds to produce a meadow of blooms during warm, sunny conditions.

A gift and a card in one, this Gift of Seeds is embellished with stunning illustrations created by Daniella Germain.

Benefits:
  • Made in Australia
  • 100% recycled paper
  • Includes an illustrative plant label to mark where your seeds are planted
  • Comes with a recycled kraft envelope for mailing

ingredients

Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea

suggested dose

When starting seeds indoors, follow these easy steps:

Find some trays or pots and fill them with seed raising mix
You could use a seed raising tray, an old pot, or egg carton. We use fresh seed raising mix to germinate our seeds as it is clean and weed free and seedlings can easily rise up through the fine texture. 
Place your seeds into the soil
Make sure that you only place the seeds approximately twice as deep as the seed is wide. For example, poppy seed is tiny and will only need to be sprinkled onto the surface. Compare this to sunflower which is quite a large seed, which will need to be pushed down to about 1 cm deep. Our Gifts of Seeds indicate the sow depth on the inside of the package.
Spray the seeds with water from a spray bottle
Give the soil a good misting to ensure it is moist. Spray bottles are nice and gentle and will ensure the seed isn’t dislodged while watering.
Keep moist & provide sunlight
Whilst waiting for your seeds to germinate, make sure that the soil stays moist. If the top layer of soil is dry, give it a good spray. Ensure the tray is in a position to receive lots of sunlight. 
Feed the seedlings
When the seedlings have sprouted and have their first set of ‘true leaves’ (which is generally the second set of leaves) they will need to be fed. Otherwise they tend to just stay at this small size and they generally won’t grow anymore. We like to use diluted worm juice from our worm farm. If you don’t have access to a worm farm you can also use a liquid fertiliser such as Seasol.
Harden the seedlings
The more direct sunlight the seedlings can get while growing the better, but you need to make sure they don’t get overwhelmed if they haven’t seen much sun before.  Hardening the seedlings means getting them accustomed to the sun. Gradually increase their exposure slightly each day until they can withstand full sun. Or even better, give them full sun from the beginning and then you won’t need harden them later.  Make sure you continue to water the seedlings, but don’t overdo it either. Too much water will produce weak roots and a fragile seedling. 
Transplanting
The final step is transplanting your seedlings to either a well prepared garden bed or a bigger pot. Don’t forget to gently water the seedling once it has been placed into the ground or pot to allow its roots to soak into the soil.
When direct sowing seeds, follow these steps:

This method is actually a lot easier and in my experience the seedlings grow into strong plants as they are accustomed to the soil and sunlight right from the beginning.

Prepare the garden bed
Prepare an area of your garden by pulling back any mulch and pulling out any weeds or old plants. A sunny spot is generally best as most flowers, herbs and vegetables prefer lots of sun. Till the soil a little so you have a nice base to bury the seeds into. We recommend mixing through some fresh compost to give the seedlings a good start. 
Sow the seeds
Place the seeds into the soil twice as deep as the seed is wide. I’d plant one seed at 10cm intervals, but you can also just scatter some seed and cover it with soil. Lettuce seed for example does well with just a sprinkle and a cover. Sunflower or Watermelon seed would do better if buried. You can put some mulch down and leave a little ‘nest’ space where the seed has been planted. This will help to keep the soil moist and will also clearly mark out where you’ve planted the seed.
Water in the seeds
Water the bed and try to keep it fairly moist over the next week. In my experience, watering it once or twice a day will do the trick until the seeds have germinated.
Thin the seedlings out
It’s very easy to end up with seemingly hundreds of little seedlings especially if you have done a ‘scatter and cover’ approach. Pulling out the precious little seedling babies feels mean but you’ll end up with stronger plants if you thin them out and give each seedling space to get the nutrients it needs.
Watch them grow
Once they’ve got a few sets of leaves I tend to back off on watering them as the plant will be weak and will be reliant on getting lots of water if you keep watering too much. Hopefully the rain will do this job for you too. 

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