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Poor  Man'sOrchid   Angel Wings  Mix
Schizanthus pinnatus



Schizanthus Multicolor Angel Wings  Poor Man's Orchid Annual plant, grows to almost 20"- 30 " tall. Various hues of purple and pink flowers with bright yellow centers.  A small group of dainty half-hardy annuals and tender perennials ( In a botanical context the tender means that the plant is sensitive to cold temperatures.

A tender perennial will live year after year in warm climates but will die in a cold climate).  Schizanthus is an heirloom annual that once was grown as a winter houseplant in the cool, drafty houses of the early 1800s. Called Poor Man's Orchid, it has trusses of delicately marked petals in various shades of pink and lavender that are excellent cut flowers. 


This is an upright annual with fern-like foliage. There are clusters of miniature, orchid-like flowers in purple, pink, yellow or white. They will need rich, moist soil, and you should pinch the tips of young plants to encourage a bushy growth.  Some of the common names for Schizanthus include Fringe FlowerButterfly Flower, and Poor Man's Orchid.



To get a nice bushy growth the plants should be pinched back at the tips when they reach 3", and again when they reach 5" in height.  The young plants should be supported with stakes. Water them regularly to keep the soil moist, but avoid getting water on the leaves and flowers.Ideal for borders and cutting. 


This variety is fantastic for flower arranging and   mixed bouquets - a must grow!


Plant Life Cycle: Annual

Site: Full sun/partial shade
Height: 20-30”
Days to maturity: 90 days

Sow: Surface, press into the soil, slightly cover
Plant spacing: 12-18”

Pinch: when 3" tall, then 5 " tall
Approx seeds per packet: 100



How to Grow: 


How To Grow Butterfly Flower From Seed: Butterfly Flower seed is not difficult to establish. Start the flower seed indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the end of frost season. Lightly cover the flower seeds with soil. It's recommended to cover the starter trays with plastic to help hold moisture in. Water from underneath. Once seedlings emerge, remove the plastic.The Schizanthus plants can be transplanted once they have their 2nd set of true leaves. They prefer a full sun to partial shade setting. Pinch back young plants to promote bushiness.


How to harvest: They can be cut at any stage of blooming

Vase Life:

Vase life of 10 or more days , Change clean water as needed

Poor Man's Orchid Angel Wings Mix

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