How to Propagate Indian Blanketflower

Overview

Indian blanketflowers have deep red petals tipped with yellow. It grows as a wildflower through much of the southern and southwestern United States. It is striking in containers, beds and borders. They are a drought- and heat-tolerant flower, making them a low-maintenance addition to landscaping. Propagate them by seeding directly into a garden bed or starting them indoors six weeks before the last spring frost if you have a short summer season in your area.

Step 1

Prepare a well-draining garden bed in full sun. Lay a 3-inch layer of compost over the entire bed and till it to a 6- to 10-inch depth with a hoe or power tiller.

Step 2

Sprinkle the seeds over the entire bed as evenly as possible. Blanketflower seeds are very small and fine. Cover in a 1/4-inch layer of soil or gently rake the bed to cover the seeds.

Step 3

Water the bed with a fine mist until the soil is just moist but not soggy. Maintain this soil moisture level until seeds germinate, approximately 14 to 21 days after planting.

Step 4

Continue watering until the Indian blankets are well established and have produced at least three sets of true leaves. Additional water thereafter is rarely necessary.

Tips and Warnings

  • Blanketflowers will eventually begin growing in neighboring beds if they are deadheaded. Grow in containers, deadhead regularly or plant near dividing walls to prevent this. Blanketflowers cannot grow in heavy clay soil. Add plenty of organic matter first or plant in raised beds if your soil is clay.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Hoe or power tiller
  • Rake

References

  • University of Florida
  • Michigan State University Extension
Keywords: Indian blanketflowers, growing wildflowers, perennial blanket flower

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