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Gomphrena, Fireworks

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Unlike any Globe Amaranth ever seen!

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This completely unique species is hands-down the best garden plant that we have seen in years of evaluating new plants. It quickly grows to form a full, dense, landscape specimen, eventually reaching up to 3-4' tall and 1-2' wide. Tons of strong, tall stems are topped with exploding bursts of full, large 1" blooms in hot pink tipped with bright yellow. A showstopper in the garden and conversation piece when cut for a mixed bouquet.
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Product properties

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

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-24 inches

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

Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers

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.

Annual

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.

Indoor Sow

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May 01, 2017

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Item 01139 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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How to Sow and Plant

Gomphrena may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden in summer, or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow gomphrena 6-8 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in full sun in well-drained soil after danger of frost.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to stand about 10 inches apart starting when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 18 inches apart, large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Gomphrena thrives in hot and dry weather.
  • Gomphrena is a great flower for cutting and is a staple of dried flower arrangements. For drying, cut stems just as blooms open fully and hang in bunches in a warm, dark, dry place.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36-48 inches
Spread
12-24 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Yellow
Gomphrena, Fireworks is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing but hard to get started These are truly spectacular. That's why I'm ordering again. Nothing like this available anywhere else. I've tried them for several years and found the germination rate pitiful though. The ones that do germinate reach transplanting size very, very slowly. They like late, late summer and fall. They will re-seed the following year if you throw a bunch of seed heads down.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gomphrena Fireworks Gomphrena Fireworks lives up to it's name - the long stems seem to shoot fireworks. The bright pink flowers with yellow tips are stunning! Great filler in pots. Planted them in one pot with Dusty Miller and other silver foliage plants - just the right pop. Good in full and partial sun; not a heavy water user. First found the plant in local nurseries in 2015, but couldn't find them in 2016; very disappointed. Don't usually order annuals, but no choice this year; glad to have found them at Burpee; good quality plants.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reliable bloomer, maintenance free I order at least 6 plants every year from Burpee b/c Burpee is the only place you can them. They grow tall 3.5' - 4' so put them in the back. Put a grouping of at least 3 plants together because the flowers are small. They tend to flop over so a pruning might help and in that case, plant them in the middle of the border. They look just like the photo.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect addition to border or planter Bought these plants when on sale-impressed at shipping process & how great plants looked on arrival. Have done so well in front flower bed on north side of house-would definitely recommend this variety! Easy to care for, unique and slightly dramatic presentation in the garden.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent cut flowers! Unlike the white, pink, and purple gomphrena, this fireworks variety grows much taller at about 4 feet and will self-propagate out of control if not maintained. Unwanted seedlings must be pulled, and drying flowers should be pruned together with the stem segment to minimize new seedlings. Each stalk comprises about 3 segments, each segment containing a flower at its top. I like to cut 2-3 dozen blooms to the same height, rubberband them loosely, and put them in a vase. They are long-lasting and look stunning anywhere, even at the cemetery!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty pink flower This was the first time I'm used Gomphrena and it was a nice addition to the garden. The plant is is a little wild looking and has a beautiful firework-like flower. There is only one flower at the end of each long 10" stem, not a cluster. From a distance you don't see the flower that well since it is only maybe an inch wide. They are great in cut arrangements and I find they last for weeks. I'm really liking that feature. I'm planning on using it again in the garden next year.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plants Look Better in Real Life !! It's rare that a flower looks better in real life than its photo in the catalog. But Fireworks is such a plant.
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really pretty plant loved by Monarch butterfly I bought three of Gomphrena Fireworks and have enjoyed their cheerful pink blooms all summer. They don't seem to mind hot dry conditions, and they are nicely structure, clean plants. No deadheading required. AND when I saw a monarch butterfly enjoying these flowers, and ignoring my milkweed, I knew I had a winner. That was a highlight of my summer.
Date published: 2016-08-31
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