Chocolate Lace Flower 'Dara' Daucus carota
100 (approximately) open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
Chocolate Lace Flower or Pink Queen Anne’s Lace is perfect for cottage, meadow and cut flower gardens. It is an annual plant carrying tall lacy umbels of the palest beige through pink and burgundy, growing between 40cm to 1.3m in height. These flowers will bring the pollinating insects to your garden. Chocolate Lace Flower prefers full sun to a little light shade.
Pick flowers when more than half of the little flowers have opened. Vase life is normally 4-5 days. To harvest, cut early in the morning and cut very low at the base, right above the rosette of leaves. This will ensure that the plant will keep producing new stems right at the bottom of the plant. It is recommended you do a "wiggle" test to check the sturdiness of the stem. Strip most of the leaves and plunge into a bucket of cold water. It is important that the water level is almost to the flower heads. Let them condition for at least 12 hours if not more.
Sow seeds in autumn or early spring. Direct sow (approx 30 cm spacing) where they are to grow and cover with a light layer of soil and gently water well and keep moist (not wet).
Alternatively, they can be sown into 10-12cm tall tubes and planted out after a few sets of true leaves have grown. Transplant carefully as they do have a taproot and can resent too much root disturbance.
Germination takes between 7-21 days and will flower in 15-17 weeks. Flowers 65 days from seed but this could be up to 100 days depending on your growing conditions.
Please note that people with sensitive skin make react when handling this plant.