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Four O'Clock, Kaleidoscope

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A heavy bloomer, filling the garden with incredible color throughout summer!

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Our breeders developed a mixture of multicolored Four O'Clock cultivars in a wide range of bicolors that includes pink, yellow, red and white. With Kaleidoscope, you won't have to peer through a tiny hole to enjoy its vivid beauty! Plant in average, well-drained soil after last frost, and this annual will reward you with a summer full of colors.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

14 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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Full Sun, Part Sun
24 inches
14 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Four O'Clock, Kaleidoscope is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 658.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They are perennials! I've saved my Four O'Clocks for several years now by putting them in pots filled with dry sphagnum peat moss and storing them in an attached garage at about 40 to 50 F. The first year, the roots look like black carrots, but the older they get the wider they grow. My oldest roots are about four inches in diameter and maybe six inches long. The benefit of digging and storing the roots are several: you end up with a much bigger (3'x3') plant that starts flowering much earlier and then flowers much more profusely. Also, if you are good at keeping track of things, you should be able to color-code the roots. That's why I'm starting new Kaleidoscope seeds this spring--I want a few more color options.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Seeds These Four O'Clock seeds did so well in my garden this year. I planted them directly in an area with partial shade next to a garage and they really took off. I love the blending of colors and was surprised by how tall they got considering the shade, but they really filled an area I was looking to green up . Got lots of compliments from the neighbors. These will definitely make it into the annual flower bed next year.
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor germination I planted these the same day I planted my sunflowers and cosmos in the same garden. Every seed of the other flowers germinated and is blooming. Only 4 four o'clocks germinated. After 2 months they are finally budding although the packet said they were going to bloom early.
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Unusual I first grew these a few years ago from a burpee seed packet I bought a store. They grew and they really put on a lot of blooms. The next few years I saved the seeds and continued growing them. Now 3 years later, through genetics, they lost their "Broken colors" and some are solid colored! Plus a few now have all three colors on them. They are a surprise every time I grow them :)
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Flowers Started indoors and then transplanted to garden. Blooms took a while to appear but when they did, they were amazing! Takes a little no-how to get started. Next year I'll definitely be planting more!
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Four O'Clocks Kaleidoscope 3 packs of seeds = 2 plants very very disappointed
Date published: 2008-05-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 4oclocks None of these seeds germinated. I didn't have any problems with 4 o' clocks from other nurseries.
Date published: 2007-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Plant These 4 o'clocks grew rapid and tall with many blooms that lasted all summer. The Kaleidoscopes colors were just as expected. I would just advise staking these as a heavy summer rain may knock them down. I definitly would reccomend these.
Date published: 2007-03-06
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