Barely cover. Press lightly into soil.
Sow in pots 10 weeks before last frost date, setting out in spring when soil is still cool. Keep at 65-70F until germination is complete, then grow on cool with 50F nights.
Direct sow in early spring or fall in mild winter areas (zones 8-10).
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
This long-loved California native flower is known by many affectionate names such as elegant fairyfan, mountain garland, and elegant clarkia. It thrives under cool spring conditions; most flowering is over by mid to end of July or when the heat of summer intrudes. Grow in cutting gardens and sow drifts with California poppy, globe gilia, and baby blue eyes for springtime borders in very well-drained soils. Cut for bouquets, which are notably long-lasting in a vase and can be dried.
Water regularly until established, then only during dry spells.
Slightly acid to slightly alkaline
If soil is poor, mix in a few inches of compost prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Root rots can develop if planted into poorly drained soils or there is an excess of rain.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when lower blooms start to open. Flowering proceeds up the stem.