Top Questions About Scabiosa Plants

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Questions About Scabiosa Plants

Asked by
lilybug on
February 22, 2012

Q. how hard are scabiosas to grow?

How hard are scabiosas to grow? I am trying to sprout some seeds now. Once they sprout, can I just plant them in a good potting soil? I have a lot of luck with Miracle Gro potting soil, but it has become too expensive. Can you suggest a more reasonable medium?
Sincerely, Juliette

Answered by
Nikki on
February 23, 2012
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Ideally the soil that Scabiosa grows in should be humus rich, slightly moist and well draining. Regular potting soil should be just fine with the addition of compost or other organic matter.

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Asked by
rickeyp on
June 9, 2013

Q. What’s Wrong With My Scabiosa Perennial

I planted a scabiosa perennial in my flower garden and it was doing great but now it looks like its dying. I pulled off all the dead head blooms but now all the foliage has died and are turning brown. What’s wrong and is there anything I can do?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
June 9, 2013
A.

Hopefully by comparing this article's suggestions to what your plant is getting, you can determine what needs to be changed: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/pincushion-flower/scabiosa-pincushion-flowers.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 16, 2014

Q. Growing Scabiosas

Are Scabiosas hard to grow? I live in Hawaii and have some rock soil. It’s a blend of lava rock and dirt but holds water well. Any help at all will be greatly appreciated.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 16, 2014
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Growing Scabiosa, or pincushion flowers, is actually pretty simple. This article has some growing info that may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/pincushion-flower/scabiosa-pincushion-flowers.htm

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Asked by
Ann Fenster on
March 16, 2017

Q. Is this plant Deer Resistant?

Blue Note Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa – We have a healthy deer population that roam freely. Will this be favorite or only if very hungry with other things around?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 17, 2017
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Scabiosa is considered Deer resistant.

http://www.uvm.edu/~pass/perry/oh64.html

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Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 17, 2017
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There can be a few different reasons and this article will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/vines/passion-flower/passion-flower-not-fruiting.htm

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Asked by
Kyra on
April 7, 2018

Q. Black spots on Scabiosa leaves.

Black spots on Scabiosa leaves. What can I do about this black spot? What causes them? My plants are about three years old in this location. Is this a common problem with older Scabiosa plants?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
April 9, 2018
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This can become a problem if it is overly wet in your area for a long period of time. This can cause a wide range of infections in the plant. There are many remedies for this using copper sprays, but I use something a little different that works for a very broad range of infections.

Use just a little dolomitic lime, and wettable sulfur around your plant in the soil, and this will help. The sulfur will kill off the infection, while the dolomitic lime will restore the soil pH as it starts to break down. This will be about when the sulfur finishes.

This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/pincushion-flower/scabiosa-pincushion-flowers.htm

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Asked by
Gmakimmie61 on
June 27, 2018

Q. I think I have scale on my scabiosa pin cushion flowers

Wanted to know if I should spray with neem oil- I live in So California – zone 9

Answered by
drtreelove on
June 28, 2018
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Neem oil will not be effective to control an existing scale infestation. It works best as a preventive, before and during the inmature "crawler" stage. Scale insect adults are protected from contact sprays. During an active infestation you neem to use a systemic insecticide.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 15, 2018

Q. mildew

I noticed that two of my scabiosa plants have white mildew and two next to them do not.
We have had a great deal of rain this year and it is my understanding that scabiosas do
not like too much moisture however why only two plants are affected?
What advise can you offer?
Thank you,
Christina

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 15, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

Sounds like a case of Powdery Mildew.

This article will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/get-the-cure-for-powdery-mildew.htm

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