About Nicotiana Avalon
We were looking for a Nicotiana that was short and self-cleaning for the pots around our deck and as a colorful edging plant for the garden. Nicotiana “Avalon” are perfect for that purpose giving you sweet colors of apple blossom, lime purple bicolour, pink picotee, deep red, white and keep themselves about 12” tall. It's a treat to see the hummingbirds find them up close. The deer definitely don't like Nicotiana and is on Cornell University's list of deer resistant plants!
Planting and Growing Nicotiana
Make sure your Nicotiana “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area that is sunny or part shade. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot.