Indian blanket (Gaillardia Pulchella) is an annual that thrives in warm conditions. Indian blanket was a favorite flower to the Aztecs, thus it received its name. Their flowers are bright, in colors mixed of red and yellow bands and are sure to receive attention in the garden.
Indian blanket seeds are relatively easy to propagate and will do well planted either directly into the garden, or grown in containers. However, an annual, Indian blanket will reseed and germinate again in the spring.
Planting Indian Blanket Outdoors
Wait until the warmer months of spring to sow Indian blanket seeds directly into the garden. They will not germinate in cold temperatures.
Select an area in your garden that receives full sun conditions throughout the day. Indian blanket requires at least four hours of direct sunlight each day to perform at its best. Do not plant the seeds in total shade conditions.
Plant the seeds in soil that is sandy and drains very well. There is no need to amend the soil with organic matter, as they are native to the plains region of our country.
Clear the planting site of any grasses, weeds or other vegetation that can hinder the germination process of the Indian blanket seeds. Keep the area weed free at all times so there is no growth competition. If herbicides are used to kill unwanted vegetation, wait several weeks before planting.
Sow the Indian blanket seeds at a depth of 1/8 inch into the soil. Cover lightly. Do not bury the seeds deep within the soil, as they may not germinate. Germination should take place anywhere from 15 to 45 days.
Water the planting site, keeping it evenly moist throughout the germination process. Cut back watering the plants to twice to three times per week, once the plants are established.
Planting Indian Blanket in Containers
Select a three-gallon container to plant the seeds in that has drain holes. Proper drainage in the container is imperative to the seeds germination.
Fill the container with a well draining potting medium. Choose a mix that has perlite and peat moss in it that will not retain too much water.
Plant the seeds into the potting mix at a depth of 1/8 inch. Cover the seeds lightly with the soil.
Water the container regularly, keeping the soil moist until the seeds begin to germinate. Keep the container moist, but not flooded.
Place the container outside in an area that receives full sunlight. The seeds will sprout in 15 to 45 days.