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2024 Seed Catalog

Gaillardia Seeds

a.k.a. Blanket Flower

Gaillardia aristata syn. G. grandiflora

How to plant Gaillardia seeds

Gaillardias, also known as blanket flowers are sun loving, first-year flowering perennials. Plants are easy to grow, heat and drought tolerant, and rabbit and deer resistant. Gaillardias bring a long season of color to your garden beds or borders, and patio containers.

Arizona Series

Arizona series gaillardias begin to flower as much as one month earlier than other gaillardias. Plants grow to 12 in. tall and are heavy producers of 3-4 in. flowers the first season. In late spring the bloom begins and continues until frost. Gaillardias from the Arizona series have been outstanding performers in our test garden - no surprise as each gaillardia in the series is an All-America Selections Winner.

Mesa Series

Tidy and uniformly mounded 14 to 16 in. plants spread to 20 in. wide, and support generous amounts of brilliant, fade-proof, daisy-shaped 3 in flowers from early summer to frost. Sturdy F1 hybrid plants are resistant to high heat, drought, and heavy rain. Mesa series gaillardias are first year flowering perennials, winter hardy to zone 5.

How to Plant and Grow Gaillardia

Bee introduces how to plant

Plant Gaillardia Seeds: Sow gaillaria seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Light aids germination. Kept at 70° F., germination is in 14-21 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds, in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 12-18 in. apart. Thin seedlings to the strongest plant.

Grow Gaillardia: Plants flower stronger and longer in full sun with moderate water. Gaillardia plants are tough: they are heat and drought tolerant, and rabbit and deer resistant. Gaillardias are first-year flowering perennials, they bloom continuously from late spring or early summer until frost. Gaillardias do not require deadheading to continue to flower; plants will grow fuller and live longer when old blooms are removed. Flowers attract bees and butterflies, are excellent cut flowers. Plants self-sow. Gaillardia is among the easiest to grow perennial flowers.

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