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Plant Care Instructions By John Noble

One of the showiest native annuals. Works great in flower beds or meadow gardens. Grows to 2 feet. Long lasting cut flowers do well in flower arrangements.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 23, 24
USDA Zones : 9b, 10a, 10b
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Plant Care Instruction

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    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy seeds this time of year.
    2. Plant

    Plant seeds this time of year.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.
    4. Water

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lightly once a year when planting with organic mulch.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy seeds this time of year.
    2. Plant

    Plant seeds this time of year
    3. Sow Seeds

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.
    4. Water

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lightly once a year when planting with organic mulch.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy seeds this time of year.
    2. Plant

    Plant seeds this time of year.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.
    4. Water

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch lightly once a year when planting with organic mulch.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy seeds this time of year.
    2. Plant

    Plant seeds this time of year.
    3. Water

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.
    May
    1. Prune

    Plant doesn't need pruning, just remove it after it dies and harvest the seed.
    June
    1. Prune

    Plant doesn't need pruning, just remove it after it dies and harvest the seed.
    July
    1. Harvest

    Harvest seed if you want to give them to friends or selectively plant the following year.
    October
    1. Water

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.
    November
    1. Buy

    Buy seeds this time of year.
    2. Plant

    Plant seeds this time of year
    3. Sow Seeds

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.
    4. Water

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy seeds this time of year.
    2. Plant

    Plant seeds this time of year.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.
    4. Water

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy seeds this time of year.

    February

    Buy seeds this time of year.

    March

    Buy seeds this time of year.

    April

    Buy seeds this time of year.

    November

    Buy seeds this time of year.

    December

    Buy seeds this time of year.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant seeds this time of year.

    February

    Plant seeds this time of year

    March

    Plant seeds this time of year.

    April

    Plant seeds this time of year.

    November

    Plant seeds this time of year

    December

    Plant seeds this time of year.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    January

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.

    February

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.

    March

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.

    November

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.

    December

    Direct sow seeds or start in pots anytime November through March.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.

    February

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.

    March

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.

    April

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.

    October

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.

    November

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.

    December

    Fairly drought tolerant, needs occassional watering only if extended dry period.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    May

    Plant doesn't need pruning, just remove it after it dies and harvest the seed.

    June

    Plant doesn't need pruning, just remove it after it dies and harvest the seed.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    January

    Mulch lightly once a year when planting with organic mulch.

    February

    Mulch lightly once a year when planting with organic mulch.

    March

    Mulch lightly once a year when planting with organic mulch.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    January

    Harvest leaves and flowers whenever you need them.

    February

    Harvest leaves and flowers whenever you need them.

    March

    Harvest leaves and flowers whenever you need them.

    April

    Harvest leaves and flowers whenever you need them.

    May

    Harvest seed for planting next Fall.

    June

    Harvest seed for planting next Fall.

    July

    Harvest seed if you want to give them to friends or selectively plant the following year.

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About the Author
John Noble
Owner Coastal Sage Gardening and Botany for kids. Specialize in drought-tolerant and native landscapes, and are experienced in all garden environments. We do custom design, installation, maintenance, irrigation, repair, labor, and consultation. At our shop we have classes, tutorial services, plant walks, plants, organic gardening supplies, and a reference library to guide and help you if you want to build your own garden.
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