- Approximate seeds per pound: 131,995
- Season: Perennial
- USDA Zones: 3 -10
- Height: 28 - 36 inches
- Bloom Season: Summer and fall
- Bloom Color: Red
- Environment: Full sun
- Soil Type: Well-drained, lean, pH 6.2 - 7.2
- Temperature: 70 - 75F
- Average Germ Time: 14 - 42 days
- Light Required: Yes
- Depth: 1/8 inch
- Sowing Rate: 4 ounces per 1,000 square feet to 10 lbs per acre or 3 - 4 seeds per plant
- Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
- Plant Spacing: 16 inches
- Care & Maintenance: See: Gaillardia
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia Aristata) - Blanket Flower is a type of Gaillardia wild flower that can be grown from flower seeds as an ornamental. Blanket Flower is a perennial wildflower with large, daisy-like blooms that has a tap root. Drought tolerant and carefree, Gaillardia Aristata Blanket Flower plants are easy to grow. To many people, they are wild flowers. To others, they are a part of a butterfly garden, or bright additions to the middle of a mixed ornamental garden. This type of Gaillardia has big, long-lasting blooms which grow up to 4 inches across. Bi-colored flowers include orange, red, and yellow. Flowers bloom from early summer to fall, if spent blooms are deadheaded. Blanket Flowers are great in or along fields, and in butterfly gardens. They also make a good cut flower.
Blanket flowers are grown easily from wildflower seed. They can be directly seeded into your wild flower garden, or seeded indoors for transplanting later. If you live in a warmer climate, you can plant them in the fall, and they will likely bloom the first spring. For colder areas, expect a bloom in the second spring. Plant Blanket Flower wildflower seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/8 inch of fine garden or potting soil. Or, broadcast spread them over an area, and lightly rake the Gaillardia seed into the soil.
Gaillardia Blanket Flowers should be spaced approximately 14 to 16 inches apart or thin as needed to achieve this type of spacing. They will tolerate a little crowding, but perform best with ample space. This perennial wild flower will bloom the second year and every year after the initial planting. It grows in all regions of North America and will bloom during summer and fall. The may be planted in spring, summer, or fall as long as their is moisture to allow Blanket Flower wildflower seed to germinate.
Gaillardia Blanket Flower plants like full sun and prefer loose soil that drains well. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them and then a low nitrogen fertilizer after that. Too much nitrogen will cause excessive foliage growth. Use something like a 5-10-10 fertilizer. Once your Blanket Flowers are established, they should grow well with few problems.
Shaker Bottle With Seed Starting Matrix
Shake 'n Seed - We are now offering shaker bottles filled with our seed starting matrix: rich soil, gardening sand, water absorbing crystals, and starter fertilizer. This not only helps dispense your seed, but it gets it off to a great start! Simply remove lid from shaker bottle, add seed from packet, put back on lid, shake the bottle vigorously for 15 seconds, and then shake your way to beautiful new plants! Use Shake 'n Seed over good quality soil, and then gently water to keep seed moist until it sprouts. Great for ground covers or mass planting flower seeds.