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Gaillardia, Arizona Sun

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Brilliant blasts of fiery color. Looking for color? These dazzling, large-flowered 3" blooms with fiery-hot bicolor patterns will brighten any perennial bed. Flowers blanket low-mounded plants. Loves the dry, hot sun.
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Product properties

Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

3-10

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.

8-10 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-15 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Cold, Drought, Rabbit

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Introduction to Perennials
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Gaillardia: Direct Sow or Potted Plant Perennial

How to Sow and Plant

Gaillardia 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 Directly in the Garden:

  • Direct sow in full sun in poor but well-drained soil after danger of frost.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds evenly and thinly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 7-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
  • Thin to stand about 15 inches apart when large enough to handle.

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun with poor but 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.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant 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.

How to Grow

  • 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 perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or 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.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge. Gaillardia is drought-tolerant once it is established.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • Deadhead plants for continuous bloom.
  • Divide the plants every 2 or 3 years in spring or fall.
  • Plants prefer poor soils, be careful to not overfertilize.

Growing Tips

  • Many gardeners do not cut back perennial flower seed heads in the fall, but wait until early spring before the new foliage appears. This provides food for wildlife over the winter.
  • Gaillardia is excellent for the middle of the border, in the cottage garden and for naturalizing in a wildflower meadow. They are quite striking when planted en masse.
  • Gaillardia makes a fine cut flower.
Zone
3-10
Sun
Full Sun
Height
8-10 inches
Spread
12-15 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Cold, Drought, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Gaillardia
Life Cycle
Perennial
Gaillardia, Arizona Sun is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this burst of vivid color! I believe these flowers are supposed to be common, but I had never seen them before, and when I saw them on the Burpee website, I thought they would probably not work for me. Still, buoyed by the internet's promises that they were simple to grow and had long-lasting blooms, I indulged. They definitely work for me! They are beautiful, and there are so many blooms! After we received record-breaking rains this season, the red of the bloom seemed to spread out to the tips of the leaves, covering a lot of the yellow (it was probably just wear on the yellow, but it seemed like the red spread). They were still beautiful. I finally got out there to deadhead, and I was blessed again with dozens of beautiful blossoms. I am so excited with this stunning color combination, and I will always have these in my flowerbeds!
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Plant - Especially for a Newbie I am really new at gardening and this is one of the first plants I ordered - I only ordered one plant, but the results have been amazing. I have left town to go on vacation for 2 weeks at a time, only to come back to find the Arizona Sun had multiplied and now, in April, I have a very large area filled with flowers. I am so happy and recommend this beautiful plant to anyone just starting out - it will help build your confidence!
Date published: 2013-04-07
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