Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, covering with a light sprinkling of vermiculite. Keep at 68°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After all danger of frost has passed.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
This species of mask flower has pale orange and apricot-hued flowers opening from little lantern-shaped buds, revealing a cluster of gold stamens at their centers. Add vertical interest and color to garden borders and containers by planting in drifts. A cool-season flower blooming in summer and fall in moderate summer areas; if bloom flags, trim and top-dress with compost mid-season to ensure blooms until frost.
1" a week, more during dry spells.
Not particular about pH, but prefers slightly acid to neutral.
If soils are particularly poor, mix in an organic granular fertilizer once seedlings have reached 6-8" in height.
Diseases & Pests:
Mask flower can be prone to aphid attacks. Spray with water to knock pests off or apply insecticidal soap.