Heat and drought tolerant, long lasting plants that will provide generous colour all season. A perfect plant for the novice or experienced gardener because it is so undemanding with loads of blooms. The mature plants are mid-sized, about 30 to 35 cm (12 to 14 in) tall and wide. Impossible to enjoy a sunny spot in the garden when cloudy or raining? Not anymore thanks to this beauty! This lovely annual ensures some sun in the garden all summer long. The flowers burst open gold, followed by the appearance of a red stripe down the centre of each petal. So striking you will want to warm your hands by it! Ht 50 cm (20 in).
Sow seed outdoors as soon as soil can be worked. Cover seed very lightly and keep the soil moist until all seedlings appear. For earlier blooms start seed 4 weeks prior to intended date of transplanting outside. Germinates best at 21 C (70 F) in 7-10 days. Reduce heat after 3 – 4 leaf stage to 15 C (60 F). Transplant as soon as possible to prevent shock. Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 30 cm (12 in) apart.