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Nemesias (Nemesia strumosa) are beautiful, open faced, quick growing annual flowers. Their lovely fragrance and warm colours brighten up the cooler winter and spring gardens. Excellent for pots, borders and garden beds and for attracting bees to the garden.


How to grow nemesia in a garden

  1. Choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun to part shade and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out. Alternatively, you can sow the seeds directly where they are to grow.
  3. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  4. The seedling are ready to transplant when they are approximately 5 cm in height.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 15 - 20 cm apart. Water in well.
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw.
  7. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.
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How to grow nemesia in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200 mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  3. Plant directly into the pot by pressing the seeds lightly into the surface of the pot. 
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

Growing tips

  • Pinch back any long, early shoots. This will encourage a more compact growth habit.
  • Nemesias prefer cool conditions with low humidity, but won’t tolerate frost.
  • Bee attracting plant for the winter garden.

Yates Varieties

Nemesia Carnival

These fragrant, open- faced blooms in a range of warm colours provide a massed display in late winter and spring.


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