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Mesa Yellow Blanket Flower Seeds

(P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Item # 51321-PK-P1
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Great for smaller spaces, it flowers heavily all summer long.

Winner of the both the 2010 Fleuroselect Gold Medal and All-America Selection
It's time to change the way we think about Blanket Flower. No longer a seed that must be planted in the fall so that it can vernalize over winter and bloom next summer, with 'Mesa Yellow' on the scene, it's a spring-planted delight that flowers in just 120 days from sowing, remains neat and compact, and blooms like crazy for months. Perfect for smaller-space gardens and containers, 'Mesa Yellow' offers big, brilliant daisies that just won't quit!

Measuring 3 inches wide, the blooms just radiate hot sunny color, from the knobby golden center (which becomes an elegant seedhead for cutflower or garden beauty) to the profuse, slender yellow petals. They appear far more generously than those of other Blanket Flowers, and this plant's free-flowering nature was a deciding factor in its being awarded Europe's top honor (the Fleuroselect Gold Medal) as well as America's coveted AAS award. It doesn't stop all summer, and will last easily into fall in warm climates. Butterflies adore these flowers, and songbirds feast on the cones in autumn. They are quite long-lasting, arising on strong but wiry green stems. Add them to your cutting garden as well as to the sunny perennial border and patio containers!

Almost as exciting as the blooms is the plant habit, which is very restrained by Gaillardia standards, and guaranteed not to flop or loosen up, even in hot climates. Just 18 to 20 inches high and 20 to 22 inches wide, this is a compact, well-branched, very uniform plant, with the flowers all reaching about the same height. In fact, this is where the name 'Mesa' comes in - the abundant blooms have a level, flat-topped look, similar to the mesas of the American southwest.

Every aspect of 'Mesa Yellow' is an improvement over older varieties, from starting the seeds (better germination rates than ever, thanks to its hybrid vigor!) to growing on (no pinching needed!) to garden hardiness (tough enough for zone 5 in the north, 10 in the south and west!). Indifferent to heat, humidity, drought, cold, damp, and just about any other foible of nature, this American native will not only grow in your sunny garden... it will flourish.

'Mesa Yellow' is one of only 3 flowering seeds to win an AAS award for 2010. If you like the dependability and ease of care typical of AAS winners, consider the other two as well: Zinnia Zahara Starlight Rose and Snapdragon Twinny Peach. You just can't go wrong with AAS flowers and veggies!

Ready in just 16 to 18 weeks -- several weeks earlier than other Gaillardia -- this seed is best begun indoors a few weeks before last anticipated frost. Transplant it when the soil has warmed in spring, and watch it take off! Zones 5-10. Pkt is 25 seeds.

Genus Gaillardia
Species grandiflora
Variety 'Mesa Yellow'
ItemForm (P) Pkt of 25 seeds
Zone 5 - 10
BloomStartToEnd Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Compact
SeedsPerPack 25
PlantHeight 18 in - 20 in
PlantWidth 20 in - 22 in
BloomSize 3 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Award Winner, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Season Extenders
BloomColor Yellow
FoliageColor Medium Green
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor, Wildflowers
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Average Based on 2 Reviews Write a Review
Great flower to start from seed
1st year gardener from IL wrote (July 16, 2012):
Every one of the seeds in this packet germinated and all of them survived into my garden, despite the drought this year and my less-than-perfect watering schedule. They're blooming great the first year from seed! I live in zone 5 so these will survive our winter but they still thrive in the 100 degree summers as well! Even though the deer nibbled on a few leaves, they didn't come back for seconds.
Absolue show stopper
Judy from FL wrote (January 05, 2012):
For zone 9A this plant blooms 12 months a year. It just wilts a little when we get the occasional 25 degree nights. No problems with rotting in the center during the summer. I am starting the third round of seeds for friends...this flower is a must in warm humid areas!!!!
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

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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.

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