Single Packet of 500 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
Grow Blanket Flower from fresh Gaillardia aristata flower seeds. Blanket Flower is a gorgeous wildflower that produces 4 inch blooms all summer long up until late fall. The petals are deep red, accented by bright yellow tips and are formed much like a daisy. The Blanket flower is often seen in butterfly gardens and will attract an array of other beneficial insects as well. Ladybugs, hummingbirds and bumblebees also cling to these beauties. Gaillardia aristata will grow to a mature height of about 24 to 36 inches tall and roughly 12 inches wide. The leaves are just as attractive as the flowers themselves.
The Blanket Flower is grown as a perennial flowering plant, meaning the plants will grow quickly, establishing a deep root system, later returning the following year after all danger of frost has passed. They are also great when used as a cut flower. Although they are not popularly used as a Zinnia would be, you can add these flowers in bouquets and floral arrangements to boost the coloring in your display. Gaillardia can be established directly outdoors in flower beds and as stated before are very popularly used in the garden to attract butterflies.
Sowing The Seed
Gaillardia flower seeds are best established directly outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Prepare the sowing area by loosening the soil prior to sprinkling your seeds to the surface. Press in each seed at a depth of about 1/8" under topsoil to make sure that they can still receive light for successful germination.
Blanket Flower will thrive in an area of full sunlight and also does best n temperatures of 70F or higher. The soil should be loose and well drained. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any hard, compacted soil. Water daily so that the seeds receive moderate moisture until germination occurs. Blanket flower is drought resistant, so once plants are established they will require less care.
Germination & Growth
Blanket Flower seeds should start to germinate within 10 to 20 days after sowing. The plants themselves will reach a mature height of about 24 to 36 inches tall and can be spaced a good 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. The plants grow quickly, producing lovely 4 inch red flowers that are accented by golden yellow tips. Can be used as a cut flower.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.