Ammi Growing Information

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Ammi majus :

Ammi majus 'Queen of Africa' is tall, branching flower, with finely divided, feathery foliage. In summer, it bears an abundance of large round blooms made up of clusters of tiny white florets on tall, branched, slender stems. The delicate clusters add beauty and depth to bouquets and meadows alike.

A highly fashionable flower for cut flowers arrangements, Ammi is one of the best white filler-foliage plants you can grow. The lacy, white flowers are spectacular when used in mixed bouquets or simply arranged in a great cloud of their own. They last up to 10 days in the vase and can also be used dyed or dried. 

Sowing: 

Sow March to May and/or late August to September
   
Ammi majus forms larger, more prolific plants from an autumn sowing.
It tends to grow best when propagated by seed sown in situ in spring.
For cut flowers throughout the summer, sow at intervals from
March, 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date, to early June.
The plants take approximately 100 to 110 days to mature and bloom 

Sowing Indoors:
Seeds can be sown in pots or trays indoors, but as with most of the Umbelliferae/Apiaceae (Carrot family) they have a long taproot which can be damaged when transplanting so care must be taken.
Sow 6 to 8 weeks before planting out. When first true leaves appear, transplant into larger containers. Harden off and transplant out after last frost. 

Sowing Direct:
Sow where they are to flower once temperatures are around 15 to 20°C (59 to 68°F). Surface sow is no more than 1mm (1/8in) deep.  Sow thinly in drills 30cm (12in) apart in well-cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Lightly cover seed.  Water ground regularly, especially in dry periods. Germination will normally occur within 7 to 21 days at temperatures around 68 to 72°F (20 to 22°C). When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings to 20 to 30cm (8 to 12in) apart. 

Cultivation: 
Provide support if exposed to windy areas. Stake plants when they are about 10cm (4in) tall with twiggy hazel stems. Plants will re-seed themselves if a few heads are left in the garden to mature.
 

Cut flowers: 
Cut the flowers in the morning when approximately 80% of the flowers are open.  Flowers should be crisp white with only slight green tint and no hint of pollen shed.
For dried flowers, air dry flowers for two to three weeks in a dark, dry place. Darkness is necessary so the white flowers do not turn brown.

Garden uses: 
Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Wildflower, Wildlife

Warning: 
Care must be taken when cutting stems, as the sap can cause skin irritation that can be very serious and painful. The photoactive compounds from Ammi can cause blistering to normal skin when exposed to the sun. Wash the skin area that is exposed to the sap, using soap and water.

Origin: 
Ammi has its origins in the warm climate of the Mediterranean and Southern Europe. The species is widely widely naturalised in many other countries throughout the world. 
Ammi majus, pronounced: AH-mee MAY-jus, is a member of the Apiaceae, the carrot family.