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Growing Nicotiana

Growing Nicotiana

Perfume Deep Purple Nicotiana

Perfume Deep Purple Nicotiana item #07108


A tender annual grown for its attractive, fragrant flowers. Seeds are small and can be mixed with fine, dry sand to make sowing easier, or use pelleted seed. Do not cover seed, as light is needed for germination. Water gently with a fine mist to prevent disturbing the seed. Can start indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost. Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.


Best grown in well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Strong light promotes fast flowering. Flowering may slow during the summer in hot, humid climates.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other annuals with fragrant flowers are New Carpet Of Snow Alyssum (05064), Jung's Giant Everblooming Sweet Peas (07886), and Moonflower (07002).

Complimentary Products

A moderate feeder and appreciates occasional fertilization. Other heat-tolerant annuals for full sun include Profusion All-Color Hybrid Mix Zinnia (08120) and New Day Hybrid Mix Gazania (05774).

Nicotiana Facts

Usually not troubled by pest or disease problems. Low-growing varieties do not require staking or other support in the garden. Plants are susceptible to Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) and should not be grown next to pepper, potato, or tomato. Though grown as annuals, plants are actually tender tropical perennials originally from South America.

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