Sparkler Blush Cleome
The first hybrid cleome, this All America Selection will flower freely all season. Plants are shorter (3 feet), and more refined than standard cleomes. The pink blooms cover the upper third of the plant and blooming continues for an exceptionally long time. Sparkler Blush can be grown in smaller gardens with less space than standard cleomes. A very stately centerpiece in the garden or as a cut flower for large arrangements. A good bee plant.
Germination: 15-21 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF, chilling seeds 5-7 days before sowing aids germination.
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface and press into soil, seeds need light to germinate.
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperature for germination. Transplant after the last frost, 12-18” apart
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow after the last frost, sow seeds lightly in a prepared area, thin to 12-18” apart.
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 48-60” x 18-24”
Spacing: 12-18” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average to fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 70-80 days
Uses: Flower beds, cottage gardens, cut flowers, attracts pollinators, containers, deer resistant
Care: Pinch seedlings back to create a bush-type habit with more branches and blooms. Self-seeds, remove seeds heads if you do not want volunteers the following season.