Seed Count: 70
AAS Winner 2003 - Festive pom-poms explode all summer. Bring on the heat!
Cheery ruffled globes in mahogany-red and gold cover the plants all summer and into fall. The carefree South-western natives thrive in full sun are unfazed by the heat. An unusual and handsome choice for containers as well as hanging baskets.
Life Cycle: Annual
Uses: Beds, Container, Thriller
Sun: Full Sun
Height: 10-14 inches
Spread: 10-12 inches
Bloom Duration: 10 weeks
Sundance Bi-colour Blanket Flower plants are easily grown in sun and well-drained soil, but they also tolerate poor soils, heat and drought. They propagate and establish easily from flower seed. Deadhead to encourage a neater appearance and more flowering; however, a few flower heads left in the stand to mature will attract seed-loving birds and re-seed for next season. Annual Blanket Flower is a great addition to summer displays, good for ground cover, in mass plantings, along beach boardwalks, attracting butterflies to the garden and for cutting. It is a win, win for the flower garden!
If sowing Gaillardia seeds indoors, start 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost, use sterile starting soil and starter trays. Press the flower seeds into the soil and barely cover. Keeps seeds moist until germination. Cut back the Blanket Flower seedlings at transplanting to help it become more compact. If sowing Blanket Flower seeds outdoors, wait until danger of frost has passed. Sow flower seeds into prepared soil, cover lightly with fine garden or potting soil. Or, broadcast spread them over an area, and lightly rake the Gaillardia seed into the soil. Keep moist until germination.
Suitable for the vegetable garden, allotments and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.