Stock (Deep Pink)
Stock was a mainstay of European gardens in the 16th and 17th centuries. The 1 ½-2” across blooms of this variety are a unique, warm salmon/pink with a touch of yellow in the center. A strong branching habit and hard stems make it an excellent choice for bouquets. Also good in beds, borders and containers.
Edible flower. Flowers have a peppery, clove-like flavor that lends itself well to a garnish on salads and beverages. Flowers can be eaten whole, as the base does not impart bitter or other off flavors, nor is it tough. Petals can be prepared for use by pulling them away from the base.
Plant outside after danger of frost has passed. Prefers cooler temperatures under 75º and can tolerate a light frost.
Planting Instructions: Plant 6-10” apart in well-drained, moderately rich soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0 in full sun. Use drip irrigation or be careful to water the roots and not splash the petals. You can use white on black plastic mulch to keep the soil cool, retain moisture, and reduce weed pressure. Prevent conditions that are too wet or dry by allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering.
Light Preference: Sun
Harvest: Pick for cut flowers when 1/3 to ½ of the florets on the stem are open. Stock may also be dried, by hanging in a dry location out of direct sun. During drying, the deeper shades hold their color best and their fragrance endures through the process of drying.