Phlox – Garden Girls Cover Girl

Garden Height
38 - 42
24 - 28
24 - 28
Container Role
Flower Size
Flower Colors
Light Level
Part Sun to Sun
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Lavender purple flowers. White halo centers. Disease resistant foliage.

Lavender purple flowers. White halo centers. Disease resistant foliage.

Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Fragrant Flower

Native to North America

Maintenance Notes
Performs best in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Provide good air circulation. Fertilize bi-monthly.

Maintenance Category Easy

Water Category Average

Bloom Time

Flower Form Border Plant, Cut Flower, Mass Planting

Soil Fertility Average Soil, Fertile Soil

Soil PH Category Acidic Soil, Neutral Soil

pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2, C - pH 6.0 - 6.5

EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.8 - 1.3

Fertilization 75 - 200

Light Requirements High

Water Requirements Moderate to Moist

Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit

Growing On Temperature 55 - 72° Fahrenheit

Holding Temperature 40 - 50° Fahrenheit

Planting and Timing Information

Late Spring through Fall Finish. Standard PPP.

Finishing Times [weeks]
4-5" and Quart Pot : 6-8
6" and Gallon Pot : 10-12
7-9" Pot : 10-12
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot :

Pinching and Growth Regulators

Soft Pinch when the plant is 3 to 4 inches tall. The lower the plant breaks the better the plant quality. If flowering is desired, allow 10 to 12 weeks after the onset of long days for flowering. 'Shockwave' is grown for foliage as much as flowers and may have a shorter crop time since flowers are unnecessary for sales.


Pest and Disease Management

General pest and disease practices as listed in notes.

Watch for aphids, spider mites and whiteflies, scout and treat as needed.

Leaf spots and powdery mildew can be problematic.

The Flame series of Phlox is less mildew susceptible than many that are available.

Grower Tips

-Quart size plants are sold green rather than in flower.

-Good air circulation, high light levels and watering in the morning will help decrease disease incidence.

-Vernalization will increase plant vigor, decrease time to flower and improve uniformity of flowering.

-'Shockwave' can be used as a foliage interest plant in combinations.

-'Shockwave' performs best with fertilization rates between 75 and 100 ppm.

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