The Bee GrowBar

The Bee GrowBar

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hyssop, has deep tubular flowers - well known as a Bee keeper's favourite.

verbena bonariensis, has large branched clusters of small purple flowers, grows up to 2m.

lavender, its fragrant purple flowers are a great source of nectar.

Grow beautiful bee friendly blooms to create a buzz in your garden.

Start by unwrapping your Growbar and place it with the brown protective paper facing upwards, into a container with plenty of space to allow it to expand. Gently pour half a litre of water into the tray and position indoors on a warm, bright sunny windowsill. The seeds will need to be a cosy 18°-22° to germinate.

Water regularly and ensure the Growbar is perfectly moist, it should remain the colour of a rich dark ginger cake.

After a few weeks you should have a bar neatly dotted with little seedlings. These will be happy growing together in the bar for a further month in their sunny location.

When the seedlings have produced 4-8 leaves you may then gently separate them, being careful to not damage the delicate roots, and plant them in individual pots or a sunny weed-free spot in the garden. Plants grown in the ground with plenty of space and sunlight will produce more abundant fragrant foliage but it is possible to grow the seedlings in large containers on the balcony or patio.

How to identify your seedlings:

Hyssop seedlings have small green oval shaped flat leaves.

Verbena bonariensis seedlings have slightly hairy, jagged-shaped leaves on pinkish stems.

Lavender seedlings are fragrant with long, silvery leaves.