If you don't know Didiscus, it is a dainty version of Ammi or Daucus. Also called lace flower, Didiscus adds airy sky-blue or pastel pink filler to summer bouquets. Native to Australia, Didiscus prefers well-drained soil and appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer locations. Harvest the entire plant at once for ease in handling, or the wispy stems can create a tangled challenge for the designer.
Pretty as she is, Didiscus can be a tricky crop, so when Christy Muck of Wild Blossom Hollow posted her glorious harvest on Instagram, we were instantly intrigued. Scroll down to read Christy's Didiscus tips!
Farmer Bailey: Where is your farm located?
Christy Muck: My farm, Wild Blossom Hollow, is located in Forestville, NY, an hour south of Buffalo and on Lake Erie.
FB: Where did you grow your Didiscus plugs?
CM: I grew them in an unheated high tunnel.
FB: When did you plant out the plugs?
CM: I ordered for Week 13 shipment and planted all of the plugs in the third week of April. They hung out in their trays for two weeks in my shop... it was cold here.
FB: How long did they take to bloom?
CM: They started to bloom early to mid-July, but we didn't do a full harvest until the third week of July. July 24 was the day we harvested the whole crop.
FB: How often did you water?
CM: I grew them in good compost, not in any fabric and in 3ft wide hills. We overhead watered every morning for 30 minutes. We just made sure to weed them really well during their early stages of growth.
FB: How often did you fertilize, and with what?
CM: I only foliar fed them maybe two or three times in the beginning, when they were starting to take off.
FB: Any observations about the way the crop behaved?
CM: Honestly, I just let them do their thing. I just treated them exactly the same as the snapdragons growing next to them. The flowers were over 24 inches when they were harvested and have been holding up so well in the cooler. I hope this helps other growers and I love this flower so much.