A fall favorite.
Unique bicolor flower pattern sets this beauty ablaze with autumn colors. Blooms average 5-6" across, but with tight spacing will be slightly smaller. Stem length is 16-34". Day-length neutral. Minimal pollen. Branching. AAS winner.
•Edible Flowers: Flower buds can be fried and the petals used as a garnish in salads and desserts; the flavor is bittersweet.
Ht. 40–50". Avg. 1,100 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 70-75°F (21-24°C)
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended) – After last frost. Transplant – Sow in final container 3-4 weeks prior to planting out. Dislikes root disturbance.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies.
PLANT SPACING: 4-24". Single-stem varieties space 4-6" apart. Branching varieties space 18-24" apart.
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Fresh – Flowers are just beginning to open. Dried – Flowers are completely open. Hang or use silica gel.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Light, well-drained soil. Excessive nitrogen may cause plants to grow too vigorously with abnormal flower shapes.
NOTES: Flower size and stem diameter are controlled by plant spacing, temperature, soil type, and day length. For early and late season production, select varieties that are day-length neutral or are noted as suitable for flowering under short days.
USES: Excellent cut flower or for gardens.