Half Hardy Annual
Description – Vigorous, free branching plants, with strong stems that flower over a long period from mid-summer to early autumn. Cherokee Sunset is outstanding for adding height, colour and interest to beds, borders and large containers. The spectacular colour range of fully double to semi-double blooms also make impressive cut flowers.
Sowing – Germinate at 20-30°C (68-86°F) on the surface of a good free draining, damp seed compost. Apply a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite, but do not cover the seed completely. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 10-21 days. Do not exclude light at any stage, as this helps germination.
Growing – Transplant, when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Grow on in cooler conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 30cm (12in) apart.
Flowers – June, July, August, September, October