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How to Grow Blanket Flower

Gaillardia Germination Information

Gaillardia is the botanical name for Blanket Flower
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