FOUR O'CLOCKS Mirabilis jalapa
Annual - One Season Plant - Height 24 inches
A fragrant, old-fashioned flower so named because the flowers do not open till around 4 o'clock in the afternoon, except on cloudy days. Also known as Marvel of Peru, it is an easy to grow addition to informal gardens. Ideal in borders as a low summer hedge.
Special Directions for Short Season Climates
SOWING: Plant seed directly outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/2 inch fine soil. Seed can be started earlier indoors in individual peat pots 4-6 weeks before last expected frost.
SPACING AND THINNING: Allow 12 inches between thinned or individually potted seedlings for transplant.
GERMINATION: One to two weeks depending upon weather and soil conditions. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Four O'Clocks are heat resistant and tolerant of poor soil. Plants can often reseed themselves or grow back from their tuberous roots. For ideal conditions, select a sunny location in somewhat fertile well drained soil and water when dry in the summer. Blooms mid summer to fall, sometimes in different shades of color on the same plant.