Stocks are absolutely beautiful flowers. You simply have to find a spot for these floral beauties in your garden.
1. All about stocks
According to the language of flowers, stocks symbolise bonds of affection and promptness with a meaning that reads “You’ll always be beautiful to me”.
The common name for the most popular variety for bedding is the ten-week-old stock which, as per its name, flowers approximately 10 weeks after planting and could plausibly have some tie to the ‘promptness’ reference.
2. Tips for planting stocks in your garden
- Not being the easiest of annuals to grow, make your life easier and buy seedlings that are already established.
- An important tip to remember if you’re already a stock lover and buy them every year, is not to plant them in the same bed as you did previously. The soil needs to be left to rest and recover from what’s been taken out the previous year and can then be used again.
- Stocks thrive in the full sun, but can handle semi-shade, too.
- Tolerating harsh frosts is one of their plus factors with the other major draw card being their scented blooms which are a winner. There’s nothing better than collecting the cut flowers and putting them all over your house during winter and spring.
- Stocks are not huge on maintenance, but regular watering and feeding will make your display come alive with colourful and vibrant flower displays.
- Whether your rockery needs some colour, your flower bed needs a front or back border or just a sunny spot that could do with some brightening up, stocks will do the trick.
- Stocks are available in colours from purple and rose to cream and white.
Pop into your local garden centre, grab a few trays and stock up those beds!
Information supplied by the Bedding Plant Growers Association. For more gardening tips visit www.lifeisagarden.co.za.