The vigorous plants are covered with 3" bi-colored blooms, yellow at the tips and scarlet in the center. Grows 15 to 20 inches tall.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF.
Seed Planting Depth: Lightly cover
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-85ºF. soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, space 8-12" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when soil is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 8-12". Thin to the most robust seedlings. For shorter growing seasons they will bloom toward the end of the summer. We like to start seeds both ways, indoors and outdoors for an earlier and longer blooming.
Growth Habit: Upright and branching
Height and Width: 15-20"
Spacing: 8-12" apart
Light Needs: Full sun, part shade in hot climates
Soil Needs: Loose, rich, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 75-80 days
Uses: Cut flowers, flower beds, containers, attracts butterflies and beneficials.
Care: Amend soil with compost before sowing or transplanting. Water seedlings regularly until established. Water well during dry spells. Pinch back plants when they are young for a bushier growth habit. Harvest flowers often for bouquets or deadhead to encourage more blooms.