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Alcea Chaters Scarlet


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Great for wildlife
June - August
200cm x 60cm
Partial Shade, Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Fully Hardy
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Looking for a fiery addition to your garden? Alcea Chaters Scarlet is here to steal the show with its bold red blooms and easy-care needs. What a show-stopper!

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Looking to add a pop of colour to your garden? Look no further than Alcea Chaters Scarlet! This stunning plant is a true showstopper, with bold and beautiful blooms in a rich shade of red. But don't let its beauty intimidate you – Alcea Chaters Scarlet is actually quite easy to grow and care for. Simply find your perfect spot and plant in well-draining soil, and keep the soil moist until your Alcea has settled in. Once the plant is established, it is quite drought-tolerant and only needs occasional watering during dry spells. To keep your Alcea Chaters Scarlet looking its best, it's important to fertilise the soil before planting and again after the first blooms appear. Deadheading spent blooms will also help to encourage new growth and prolong the blooming period. With its tall stature, Alcea Chaters Scarlet makes a great statement plant in a large container or at the back of a border. And at up to 2 meters tall, it may require staking to prevent it from toppling over in windy conditions. Alcea Chaters Scarlet looks wonderful in beds & borders, planted on mass, in Mediterranean Gardens, Country Gardens and Cottage Gardens. Overall, Alcea Chaters Scarlet is a striking and low-maintenance plant that is sure to add a touch of drama and colour to any garden or outdoor space. So why not give it a try and see for yourself just how gorgeous it can be?

Planting Conditions

Alcea Chaters Scarlet grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay and loam, but doesn't do well in wet soil or standing water. When planting, be sure to space the plants at least 2 feet (60 cm) apart to allow for adequate air circulation and prevent overcrowding. It's best to plant Alcea Chaters Scarlet in the spring, after the last frost, to give it ample time to establish before the winter. When planting keep the soil moist until it beds in. For optimal growth, it's also recommended to mix a balanced fertiliser into the soil at planting time, and top-dress with compost or fertiliser in the spring. Regular watering is necessary to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during dry spells. Overall, Alcea Chaters Scarlet is a relatively low-maintenance plant that can thrive in a variety of growing conditions. With the proper planting and care, it will reward you with tall, vibrant spires of scarlet blooms that add a touch of drama and whimsy to any garden.

Watering & Feeding

Alcea Chaters Scarlet is a relatively low-maintenance plant when it comes to watering and feeding. For the best results, it is recommended to keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged. This can be achieved by watering deeply and thoroughly once a week, especially during dry spells. However, be sure to avoid getting water on the leaves, as this can increase the risk of fungal diseases. When it comes to feeding, a light application of fertiliser in the spring can help promote healthy growth and blooming. You can use a general-purpose fertiliser, following the package instructions for application rates. Alternatively, you can use a slow-release fertiliser, which will gradually release nutrients to the plant over several months. It is important to note that over-fertilising can lead to excessive growth and reduced blooming, so it is best to err on the side of caution and not to apply too much fertiliser. Additionally, it is always a good idea to check the soil moisture level before applying fertiliser, as fertilising a dry plant can damage its roots.

General Care

Alcea Chaters Scarlet is generally an easy-to-care-for plant. It prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade, and it grows best in well-draining soil with a pH range between 6.0 and 7.5. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage more blooms throughout the season, and pruning back the stem after blooming has finished can help keep the plant healthy. Regular monitoring of pests and diseases is also important. While this plant is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, it can still be affected by aphids, leaf spots, and rust. Keeping the area around the plant clean and free of debris can help reduce the risk of fungal diseases. Finally, as a biennial, Alcea Chaters Scarlet will bloom in its second year and then die back. However, it will often self-seed, producing new plants for the following year. To encourage self-seeding, leave the spent flowers on the plant until they have fully matured and the seed pods have dried out.