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Having succumbed to the charm of this lovely flower and bought three I am now in a quandary. My soil is acid and I see it prefers a chalky sandy soil. How do I give it the right conditions to suit it. Eileen

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  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 08:11

Re: scabiosa barocca

Reply from Valerie Munro

There are only a few plants in our garden that will completely sulk if they do not get the right acid/alkaline soil. It has less to do with the actual soil than what happens to the molecules of iron within the chalk/acid-ness.

If a plant is described as being a lover of chalk soils, that does not mean that it hates a soil that is not chalky. This is all code to tell the worried gardener on chalk soils that this is one that would do well for them!

So enjoy the plant - keep it well fed and watered and I am sure that it will give you much joy!

Auntie Planty
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  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 22:08

Re: scabiosa barocca

Reply from eileen whiddett

Thanks Veronica. I have a cephalaria gigantica (is that how we spell it) in that part of the garden, so I'll give it a try down there. Should look stunning when it comes into flower. Regards

  • Posted: Tue. 26th July 2011 08:19