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Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Seeds

(P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Item # 03250-PK-P1
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A huge breeding breakthrough for Blanket Flowers!
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Genus Gaillardia
Species x grandiflora
Variety 'Arizona Sun'
Item Form (P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Zone 3 - 10
Bloom Start To End Late Spring - Late Fall
Habit Upright
Seeds Per Pack 25
Plant Height 12 in
Plant Width 10 in - 14 in
Bloom Size 4 in
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Dark Yellow, Orange
Bloom Season Fall, Summer, Winter
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
Season Of Interest Summer
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Sandy
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 3 Reviews Write a Review
Ellen from MN wrote (July 09, 2012):
I live in Minnesota, and we get COLD winters and very warm summers. Planting these from seed last year was SO easy and I even got a few blooms. This year they're gorgeous! They are definately a showstopper when in bloom, so make sure to plant them where they can be shown off and not blend into other extremely showy plants. Mine had a nice bacdrop of peonies which were done blooming-they nicely stood out. I can't wait to plant more!
Compact Plant with Lots of Bright Blooms
David K from SC wrote (May 17, 2012):
I grew these from seed last year and have them planted in full sun with little supplemental watering in the hot, humid Southeast and am pleased with the results. The plants are short and compact for blanket flowers, and bloom prolifically starting in late April here. They are a great addition for the front of my planting beds.
In zone 9A it virtually dies in the summer
Judy from FL wrote (January 04, 2012):
I think that it is a little too hot and humid for this plant. The base of the plant rots. Great flowers September thru June. Tolerated Floridas couple of freezes and continues blooming. The yellow (which is no longer available) isn't affected by the summer heat and humidity.
Gaillardia is the botanical name for Blanket Flower
Gaillardia Germination Information

Gaillardia Seed Germination How to Sow Gaillardia:
  • Sow seeds indoors at 68-70° with NO cover
  • Expect germination in 10-15 days
  • Seeds can be sown outdoors after danger of frost and all summer long up to 2 months before first frost
  • If started early, flowers will be produced within the first year
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Gaillardia:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Plant out 8-15 inches apart in full sun and a light, sandy, well-drained soil

Soil: Plant tolerant of poor soils

Temperature: Plant tolerant of drought and heat

Additional Care: Remove faded flowers to prolong the flowering season and at the end of summer cut back the entire plant to 6 inches tall. This hard pruning encourages basal growth that will help the plant to overwinter
Appearance and Use:

This is the perennial relative of G. pulchella that is also grown in borders and containers and for cut flower arrangements. A prolific show, plants flower from summer to frost. Plants form upright mounds 30 inches tall to 18 inches wide. Stems can be either erect or sprawling. The daisy-like flower heads are 3-4 inches in diameter and are bright yellow, red, orange, or yellow with red bands. The 4-6 inch long leaves are gray-green and coarsely toothed

About Gaillardia:
Pronunciation:  ga-lar’de-å gran-di-flôr’-å
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Asteraceae, native to North America
Common Name: Blanket Flower

Which plants should I grow to repel insects?

Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?

Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?

Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).

Superior Germination Through Superior Science

Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

Superior Standards - University Inspected

Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.