Approximately 70 Seeds
Each burnt orange petal has a mahogany reverse adding rich colouring to the flowers, which top taller than average stems, making them particularly good for cutting. A prolific flowerer, this bright annual is easy to grow in most soils, even quite poor ones and the edible petals look lovely scattered over salads.
SITE: full sun, partial shade
FLOWERING MONTHS: June to October
SOW UNDER COVER/PLANT INDOORS: March to April
SOW DIRECT/PLANT OUTDOORS: April to June or August to September
CARE TIPS: Keep picking or deadhead to ensure flowers until the first frosts. For stronger plants sow in autumn and over winter. Can be grown in container pots.
In autumn or spring, either sow direct into well-raked soil, or in a seed-tray or pot. Cover the seed with 1cm of soil or compost and thin out as the seedlings appear allowing 30cm between each plant. They require little care, although regular deadheading will prolong the already substantial flowering period.