Gaillardia Seeds - Aristata
Approximate seeds per pound: 131,995
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: Gaillardia
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia Aristata) - This perennial wildflower has large, daisy-like blooms and a tap root making it drought tolerant and carefree. It is well-suited to xeriscaping. Gaillardias are very versitile wild flowers: they can be used to create naturalized meadows, to attract wildlife and pollinators to the garden, to cut and bring indoors for arrangements, and to brighten any ornamental landscape. This Blanketflower has big, long-lasting blooms which grow up to 4 inches across. The bi-colored flowers include orange, red, and yellow, and they bloom from early summer to fall if spent blooms are deadheaded.
Blanketflowers 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.
Gaillardias will tolerate a little crowding, but they 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 there 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.
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.