Tips For Producing Stokesia

Stokesia 'Divinity'

Stokesia laevis ‘Divinity’ PPAF from Emerald Coast Growers represents a leap forward for this stalwart perennial. Blooming begins in June and can linger into September. The beautiful feathery flowers open with subtle yellow centers, soon mellowing to a pure, celestial white that’s just as heavenly as its namesake, a sugary Southern confection.

At retail, 1-gallon pots of S. ‘Divinity’ offer numerous talking/selling points:
• Hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 9
• Native to southeast North America
• Heat and humidity tolerant
• Attracts butterflies to the garden
• An attractive cut flower with good vase life. Bring the beauty indoors!

In the garden, ‘Divinity’ stands 12 to 14 inches tall and spreads to about 18 inches wide in a season. It’s versatile in:
• Front or middle of traditional borders
• Cutting gardens
• Native or naturalized meadows
• Medium to large containers

Wide, strap-like leaves form neat, rich green mounds, evergreen in mild winters. Dead-headed or lightly sheared, ‘Divinity’ will rebloom for a second show. It’s a forgiving, low-maintenance perennial that likes a little afternoon shade in hot climates, light winter mulch in cold regions and well-drained soils.

Temperatures

Optimal growing temperatures include daytime temps of 75°F to 90°F. Like the species, ‘Divinity’ is tolerant of a wide range of conditions including high heat and humidity. Nighttime temperatures of approximately 45°F to 55°F will help maintain active growth.

Transplanting

Plant one liner per trade gallon using a media with good drainage. Finish time for gallons is approximately eight to 10 weeks.

pH And Electrical Conductivity (EC)

Maintain pH at 5.5 to 6.2, and keep EC at 0.75 to 1.25 mS/cm using the 2:1
extraction method.

Light Requirements

‘Divinity’ enjoys high light. Provide full sun or a minimum of 5,000 foot candles.

Pinching and Plant Growth Regulators

No pinching is necessary. Regarding plant growth regulators, a 2000 ppm B-Nine/1000 ppm Cycocel spray is effective.

Fertilizer

Apply a well-balanced fertilizer such as 150-200 ppm liquid feed or 0.75 to 1 pound nitrogen per yard of slow release.

Irrigation

‘Divinity’ has average moisture needs. Keep soil evenly moist, avoiding excessively dry or wet media.

Pests and Diseases

‘Divinity’ is not at particular risk for any pests. Avoid excess water on the leaves to prevent leaf spotting.

Leave a Reply

More From Varieties...

February 6, 2018

20 Trends That Dominated at TPIE

If you're looking to stay on top of the current trends to stay ahead of the competition and increase value to your clients by helping them stay at the forefront of their industry, check out some of the new products and ideas we saw trending at TPIE this year.

Read More

February 4, 2018

2017 University of Wisconsin Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results for the University of Wisconsin's West Madison Ag Research Station display gardens in Verona, WI.

Read More

February 2, 2018

2017 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Ohio.

Read More
Latest Stories

February 6, 2018

20 Trends That Dominated at TPIE

If you're looking to stay on top of the current trends to stay ahead of the competition and increase value to your clients by helping them stay at the forefront of their industry, check out some of the new products and ideas we saw trending at TPIE this year.

Read More

February 4, 2018

2017 University of Wisconsin Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trials results for the University of Wisconsin's West Madison Ag Research Station display gardens in Verona, WI.

Read More

February 2, 2018

2017 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Field Trials…

Check out the 2017 field trials results for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Ohio.

Read More
Youngs-Plant-Farm-Landscape-bed

January 31, 2018

2017 Young’s Plant Field Trials Results

Check out the field trials results for Young’s Plant Farm in Auburn, AL.

Read More

January 30, 2018

Grow High-Quality ‘Lyra’ and ‘Mirage&…

Syngenta Flowers' Technical Services Manager Karl Trellinger gives production recommendations for growing high-quality 'Lyra' and 'Mirage' poinsettias.

Read More
Poinsettia-Mirage-Red-Syngenta-Flowers

January 30, 2018

Growing Tips for ‘Mirage’ and ‘Lyra’ Poinsettias

Both varieties are easy to grow without any special requirements, can handle all climates, and perform well under low light conditions.

Read More
Welby-container-trials

January 29, 2018

2017 Welby Gardens Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for Welby Gardens in Denver, CO.

Read More
Ornamental pepper 'Sedona Sun'

January 28, 2018

2017 University of Tennessee Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for the University of Tennessee Gardens in Jackson, TN.

Read More
Zinnia-Magellan-Orange

January 27, 2018

2017 University of Minnesota Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center Horticulture Display Garden in Morris, MN.

Read More
Scaevola-Surdiva-Blue-Violet

January 25, 2018

2017 Pike Creek Horticulture Center Field Trials Result…

Check out the 2017 field trial results for the Pike Creek Horticulture Center, Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, WI.

Read More
Raker calibrachoa trial

January 24, 2018

2017 Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants Field Trial Res…

Check out the 2017 field trial results for Raker-Roberta's Young Plants in Litchfield, MI.

Read More
2018 Costa Open House

January 23, 2018

2018 Costa Open House: Standout Plants and Products

See what plants and products caught our eye at the Costa Farms open house in Miami, FL.

Read More
shade-trials-OKSU

January 22, 2018

2017 Oklahoma State University Field Trials Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City, OK.

Read More
Pennisetum-Feathertop_Feature-Image_NDSU

January 21, 2018

2017 North Dakota State University Field Trials

Check out the 2017 field trial results for North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences in Fargo, ND.

Read More
Mixture-of-Begonia-Megawatt-and-Whopper-series_OSU

January 19, 2018

2017 The Ohio State University Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for The Ohio State University/Chadwick Arboretum in Columbus, OH.

Read More
Sedeveria-Lilac-Mist-feature

January 19, 2018

Hot-Selling Succulents Remain Hip, With No End in Sight

Succulents continue to fascinate people of all ages and gardening abilities. Perhaps that’s because they still have the right stuff to attract attention.

Read More
Heuchera-Northern-Exposure-Black-Terra-Nova-Nurseries

January 18, 2018

Terra Nova Adds Two New Heuchera to its Northern Exposu…

Terra Nova Nurseries has created plant profile pages specific to these new varieties so growers can learn about their growing habits and plant characteristics.

Read More
2017 North Carolina University Field Trials

January 17, 2018

2017 North Carolina State University Field Trial Result…

Check out the 2017 field trial results for North Carolina State University/JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC.

Read More