Goldenrod – Solidago
Yellow flowers held above leafy stems.
Yields a lovely bright and wash-fast yellow and a gorgeous green when overdyed with woad or indigo.
Sow seed in cool weather in autumn or early spring.
Sow seeds very finely onto the surface of trays containing moist compost – slghtly cover with a sprinkling of sieved soil.
Keep moist, – watering from the base – but do not saturate the compost.
Germination is slow and can take between 14 – 60 days. Allow some light – but not strong sunlight.
Prick out seeds as they become large enough to handle, but leave the seed trays intact for any late germinating seeds that may develop.
Use 7cm (3 inch) pots containing well drained compost mix. You can add 10% horticultural sand to achieve this.
Harden off young plants gradually for 10 – 15 days before planting out.
Water well to encourage good root development – avoid overhead watering.
Goldenrods do best on fertile and moist but well-drained ground. They do best in sun – although they can tolerate some light shade. Too much shade and they will not flourish.
They are long-lived and are hardy to minus 15 degrees C (5 degrees F).
Flowers: July – October.
0.5g Approx. 800 seeds £3.25