Catchfly Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Catchfly
A great cottage garden addition, Catchfly is known for its sticky stems that may catch small insects. The plants produce clusters of beautiful blooms, and have been hybridized to have different colors and growth habits.
Start the Catchfly seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks prior to the end of frost season. Or, directly sow the flower seeds outdoors just before the last frost.
Catchfly plants prefer full sun to partial shade. The soil should be moderately fertile, moderately moist and well-draining. Humid conditions are not tolerated well.
How to Plant Catchfly
- Sow the flower seeds in starter trays
- The seeds can be lightly covered with soil
- Provide irrigation to keep the soil evenly and constantly moist
- Starter tray may be covered with plastic wrap to help hold in the moisture
- Once sprouts are visible, remove the plastic wrap
- Keep the tray in a sunny window
- Harden the young plants off for 7 - 10 days prior to transplanting out
- Or, work the garden soil 6 inches in depth
- Add compost to improve the soil
- Sow the flower seeds and thinly cover with soil
- Keep the soil and seeds consistently moist
Care And Maintenance
- Give consistent irrigation to help establish the plants
- Once established, plants can tolerate drier conditions
- Deadhead spent blooms
- Provide protection from snails and slugs
- Catchfly is known to self-sow