Gaillardia Pulchella Dwarf Double Mix is a fully double mixture with a well rounded flower head. A single appears to have several tiny flowers which makes its appearance unique. These produce bold, brightly coloured flowers from summer through to early autumn. This low maintenance, hardy perennial is trouble-free and even copes well on poor, dry soils. Perfect for containers or filling gaps at the front of sunny borders. The plant is used as a diuretic, taken to give relief from painful urination. An infusion of the leaves is taken internally, and a poultice applied externally, in the treatment of gout.
Growing guide for Gaillardia Pulchella Dwarf Double Mixed Seeds
Blanketflower is grown from seeds. Sow seeds directly into your flower garden, or start seeds indoors, for transplanting later.
Sow seeds early in the spring season and cover lightly with 1/8" of fine garden or potting soil.
Seeds can take up to 3 weeks to germinate.
Ideal plant spacing is 14"-16".
Thin or transplant seedlings, if needed, when they reach 2". They can tolerate a little crowding.
This species is generally susceptible to the following diseases and pests: Root rot, Powdery mildew, Aster yellows, Fungal leaf spot disease, Oat blue dwarf virus.The symptoms of an infected plant are stunted/deformed growth, yellow spots on leaves, rotting, wilting etc.
It can grow in a variety of soil types, including loamy to rocky to sandy. The flower tolerates a soil pH range from 6.2 to 7.2.
They grow best in full sun.
They can tolerate a temperature that ranges between 21-24°C [70-75°F].
Water the bed once or twice per week during dry conditions. Avoid mulching or overwatering blanket flower.
how to harvest
Harvest Flower: Trim away the flower stalk once the petals drop away. The seed head begins to look brown and dry.
Harvest Seed: Put the seeds in a dry bag over a well-ventilated area. Leave the bag open to ensure ventilation for the drying seeds. Dry the seeds for approximately two weeks.
Hold a seed head above a bowl. Gently rub the seed head to free the seeds so they fall into the bowl. Pick out any stem or non-seed material that falls into the bowl.
Store the seeds in a sealed jar or bag. Keep it in a cool, dark place until you are ready to plant the blanket flowers.