Chinese Houses Planting and Care Guide
Quick Facts About Chinese Houses
Chinese Houses are a wild flower that is indigenous to California, but can grow in almost all areas. The blooms look at first glance like a lupine, but at second look, the blooms are notably bi-colored whorls that decrease in size as they go up the stem, resembling a Chinese pagoda. Bees adore these annuals and they are a host plant for different butterfly species.
Directly sow Chinese House flower seeds in early spring as soon as the soil is workable, or plant in the late fall after a killing frost.
Chinese House plants will perform in full sun and partial shade, and the soil should be rich, moist and drain well.
How to Plant Chinese Houses
- Work the soil several inches in depth
- Add compost to improve drainage and add nutrients
- Scatter the flower seeds on the surface and press them in but do not cover
- Keep the seeds continually moist for germination
Care And Maintenance
- Irrigate for establishment
- Very little care is needed
- Deadheading the spent flowers will encourage continued blooming
- Chinese Houses will self-sow for the next season