Days to Germination:15-20 days
Gaillardia grandiflora. An easy-to-grow perennial, Blanket Flower will produce showy, 3" to 4", daisy-like flowers the first year if started early enough, 8 weeks before transplanting out. But it may be sown outdoors anytime from spring up until 2 months before the first fall frost. Sow seeds shallowly, pressing them firmly into the soil surface, barely covered, as light is needed for germination. Provide even moisture and strong light. Harden off transplants by gradually acclimating them to outside conditions over 7 to 10 days. Prepare a garden bed in full sunlight with well-draining soil. Thin or carefully transplant the seedlings to 12" apart. Perfect for containers and butterfly and cutting gardens, Blanket Flower will tolerate heat and drought, but it prefers to be watered moderately and dead-headed to prolong its flowering period. Height: 12".