Gaillardia

Common name: Blanket flower

Gaillardia pulchella are half hardy annuals that are greatly desired for their masses of 75mm (3") flowers in shades of yellow, orange, copper or a deep scarlet, depending on the cultivar.

The flowers that appear from July till first frosts can sometimes be double and or bi-colored.

These long lasting flowers attract butterflies and are useful in flower arrangements.

Plants range in height from 300-600mm (12"-24") with a similar spread making them suitable for growing in herbaceous borders and containers.

Gaillardia require hot, dry conditions and are drought tolerant meaning light well drained soils* are most suited to this plant.

Too much water in the soil can cause the plant to develop root rot, a fungal disease that can destroy the roots of the plant.

*If grown in a container / planter the soil can be designed for its needs.

Remove dead flowers to prolong the flowering period, and reduce the possibility of self seeding.

Cultivation

Week 15: Sow seed in pots/ trays of seed compost and germinate at at a temperature of 20°-24°C (68°-75°F).

Alternatively sow Week 20-22

Germination should take five to seven days.

Week 17: Prick out the seedlings into cell trays or boxes when large enough to handle.

Week 19: Place in coldframe to harden off until planting out time.

Week 21: Plant out 300mm (12") apart in a sunny well-drained location, although they will grow reasonably well in most soils and shaded positions.





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