Plant Profile: V is for Venidium

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Venidium is a wonderful annual that was native to South America.

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venidium zulu prince

I was introduced to these annual flowers a few years ago in a seed swap and was amazed by the colouring and the formation of the blooms.To see them is to love them and to want them in your garden.

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venidium seeds

Plant the tiny seeds in full sun, either in large containers or along the borders of your garden. You won’t be disappointed.  You can give the seeds a head start and plant them indoors about 6 weeks before your last frost date.  They take from 14+ days to germinate.  This will give you the earliest blooms outside.

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venidium seedling

I plant the seeds towards the end of May when all danger of frost has passed. The plants bloom about August.  The photo above is what the seedling looks like, which easily transplants. I have yet to come across seedlings in nurseries or garden centers but have purchased packets of seed by McKenzie in the garden section of stores like Canadian Tire and Lowes.  You could also search online to find a source that sells them.

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venidium orange prince

Alternate the orange prince and zulu prince for striking colour combinations.  This is a must-have annual plant for the garden.

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venidium zulu prince

The white flowers, Zulu Prince, have an exotic inner ring and they can be 2 to 12 cm. in size

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I do not have any seeds to share at this time. Check your local stores and garden centres in the spring.

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