Still one of the most popular varieties. Compact, uniform plants with reliable displays of large bright flowers in orange, gold and mahogany. Height 15cm
WHEN TO SOW
February to April
WHERE TO SOW
Sow seed on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost in pots or trays and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or in a warm place and keep at a temperature of between 21-25°C (70-75°F). After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination which usually takes 7-21 days.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into pots or trays. Gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm (12″) apart in well drained soil in full sun.
For a later show of flowers, sow direct in the flowering site in May, and thin to 20cm (8″) apart as seedlings appear. Dead head regularly to provide a summer-long display.