Also known as
Gillyflower, Brompton Stock, Queen stock, Hoary stock
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This plant has a strong fragrance
M. incana - commonly known as Stocks - has many cultivars and is a perennial with narrow, grey-green foliage and a woody base. Flowers are borne on spikes of sweet-scented pink, mauve, purple, violet or white flowers which some say smell like cloves. Stocks are widely grown as annual or biennial bedding plants in gardens, and commercially as cut flowers. They make good additions to a sunny border and add colour from Spring to Summer in milder climates.
Common problems with Stock
Seedlings prone to damping off
Stock Companion Plants
Good companions are: Iris, rose, primrose, pansy, poppy, ornamental cabbage and kale.
How to harvest Stock
Flowers can be cut for the vase, pick when the first flowers on the stem have opened, the rest will continue to open.
How to propagate Stock
Sow seed early to mid summer in trays and plant our in early autumn. Use a standard seedling potting mix.
Semi-ripe cuttings in summer the sub-shrubs.
Special features of Stock
Other uses of Stock
Walls, rock garden, fragrance, border, greenhouse, edging, container, cutting bed.
The tall varieties are grown on large scale for the cut flower industry.
The shorter or bedding varieties are grown for use in gardens.
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