Seed To Bloom:
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out after last frost. Keep at 60-70°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Native blanket flower is a freely-blooming summer flower that holds its bright blooms on long stems for easy picking, for they make good cut flowers. They also are long-blooming in containers and stunning in drifts at the garden's edge or mid-border. They perform well in poorer soils and are valuable in vegetable gardens, attracting beneficial insects such as soldier beetles, assassin bugs, and lady beetles.
Water regularly while establishing, then only during especially dry, hot spells.
Mildly acidic to slightly alkaline is preferred.
Mix in a couple of inches of compost prior to planting if soil is especially poor.
Diseases & Pests:
Prevent root rot by placing in a well-drained location and do not allow the soil to become soggy. If aphids are troublesome, treat with an insecticidal soap.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when the flowers are 3/4 to fully open.