An All America Selection for 2002, this blend of autumnal shades, (yellow, orange, bronze, and mahogany) will provide wonderful sunset tones. The flowers range from 3 to 4 1/2 inches across, are double or semi-double, and long-lasting as cut flowers. Plants are 24 to 30 inches tall and spread to a width of about one foot. Cherokee Sunset will flower profusely in the first year.
Perennial, Zones 5-9
Germination: 7-12 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and press into soil, seeds need light to germinate.
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperature. Transplant after the last frost, 12-18" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow 1-2 weeks before the last frost date, sow 3-5 seeds every 12-18"apart.
Growth Habit: Upright
Height and Width: 24-30" by 12-18"
Spacing: 12-18" apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Loose, rich, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in the second year may bloom the first season when started early indoors.
Uses: Flower beds, containers, cut flowers, attracts pollinators
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established and water well during dry spells. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Harvest flowers often for bouquets or deadhead for continuous blooms.