Bright crimson blooms appear
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Fill seed trays with potting soil. Add two to three seeds to each hole. Thin seedlings, keeping only the strongest plants, when they reach 2 inches tall (which should take 1-3 weeks).
Loosen soil with a hard rake. Apply compost to garden site. Use the rake to mix the soil and compost, make sure that the soil stays loose and does not become compacted or clump up. For direct sowing, scatter seeds in the garden bed, then lightly rake soil over to cover.
Transplant plants into the garden bed when the plants are at least 6 inches tall. For plant divisions dig a small hole approximately 4 inches deep. Place the plant in the hole and cover loosely with soil. Water lightly keeping the soil damp. Fertilize once per month.