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Sowing and Growing my Favorite Flower - Blanketflower

April 9, 2009

Anyone who is looking for an unusual-looking flower that will attract attention from anyone who sees it should certainly consider the Blanketflower. It is my personal all time favorite flower. These flowers are not only easy to grow, they grow into massive blooms that are brightly-colored and have an interesting structure with multi-colored petals and a center cone. The blooms are a bold crimson that fades into a bright yellow at the tips. With the 2′ height of Blanketflower plants and blooms that can be as large as 4″ across, they make a great flower for the back row of any flower bed. These tough, hardy plants can be grown anywhere from Zone 2 through Zone 10.

To grow Blanketflowers, choose a sunny spot that gets full sun exposure. Plant the seeds 1/8 of an inch deep in soil that has adequate drainage. Allow the seeds to germinate for anywhere from two to six weeks. The ideal soil temperature for Blanketflower seeds to thrive is 70 to 75 degrees, but any temperature from 68 to 86 degrees will result in germination. Spring planting can begin in the spring when there is no danger of frost. These flowers love the heat and thrive in hot weather. The Blanketflower will bloom during their first year in most areas even if they are planted as late as the early summer. They can be planted in the fall, but a fall planting will likely not result in blooms the first year.

The seeds should be planted about 5 to 10 inches apart for best results. The soil should be damp when the seeds are planted, but don’t overwater. The seeds are planted so shallowly in the soil that watering them too heavily can result in lost seeds.

The Blanketflower needs little care once it has sprouted, making it a favorite among gardeners with little time to care for their flower gardens. These flowers are very tolerant to droughts and need little watering, though regular watering will lengthen their blooming time. With regular watering, the Blanketflower can continue to sprout huge crimson blooms through September.

In addition to their drought tolerance, Blanketflowers are also rarely bothered by pests or plant diseases. Avoid overwatering to keep them free of fungus growth. The center cone of the flower contains seeds and the plant will reseed itself year after year. It’s perfect to use as a cut flower for indoor arrangements because its long-lasting blooms will keep blooming for as long as 12 days.

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