A real sun loving flower, at its best ina really good summer. A wide range of colours with large double flowers. Height 60-70cm.
WHEN TO SOW
March to May
WHERE TO SOW
Sow seeds into individual pots or module trays of moist seed compost and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or warm place at a temperature of between 20-23°C (68-75°F). Do not exclude light as this helps germination which usually takes 7-14 days. Later sowings can be made outdoors once the soil has warmed, 3mm (1/8″) deep in drills 30cm (12″) apart in well cultivated weed free soil. when large enough to handle, thin out seedlings to 30cm (12″) apart.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
When well grown, gradually acclimatise young plants to outdoor conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost 23-30cm (9-12″) apart, taking care not to damage the root system. Best planted in well drained soil in full sun.
July to October
A sheltered but sunny position is best. The flowers have long stems and are long lasting as a cut flower.