The Q&A Archives: Starting Gallardia from Seed

Question: Hi,

I planted some Gallardia from seed toward the end of May. They are starting very nicely and seem happy. I'd like to know two things. First, when can I expect them to bloom? And second, I planted a good amount of seeds, and they have all sprouted and grown. When and how should I thin them? They are in a small bed with mature daisies and barely sprouting coneflowers.


Answer: Your gaillardia may not bloom the first year when you grow them from seeds - but they may surprise you and bloom later this summer. The plants need to mature and develop their root systems before they have the energy to bloom so just be patient with your little plants. You can dig up clumps of little sprouts and separate them (handle them by the leaves, not the stems) or you can simply snip off the stems of the extra plants, right at ground level. The process you choose will depend upon how many new plants are growing and how much patience you have when it comes to digging and separating them! Wait until each plant has at least two sets of leaves before digging and dividing them. Enjoy your garden!

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