Surface sow and lightly firm in.
Start in well-drained germinating mix 6-8 weeks before last frost. Water from the bottom and keep at 65-75°F.
Recommended. Direct sow at last spring frost date.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Annual clary is welcome in borders, containers, and cutting gardens. The true flowers are small and surrounded by large, colorful bracts. Pinch back once plants reach 6" tall to encourage bushiness and cut for fresh or dried flowers once their saturated color emerges. Deadhead as the bracts age.
Slightly acidic to neutral, though this species tolerates alkalinity better than others.
Mix in a couple of inches of compost or a granular organic fertilizer when transplanting.
Diseases & Pests:
No major problems. Emerging seedlings may be susceptible to damping off.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when bracts show saturated color.