Single, enormous flowers up to 30 cm (12 in) across on very short stems. Stout plants that rarely grow taller than 60 cm (24 in) makes for a very striking container plant, but will require regular feeding, and a fairly heavy base so that it doesn’t get top heavy. The long lasting flowers produce copious seeds for wild birds to snack on.
Direct seed in garden after the soil has thoroughly warmed in the spring, covering seed with 1/2 cm (1/4 in) of soil. Keep soil moist until all seedlings appear. For earlier flowers start seed 4 weeks prior to intended date of transplanting outside. Germinates best at 21 C (70 F) in 7 to 10 days. Grow on at 16 C (62 F). Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 40 cm (16 in) apart.