Seeds forum: Gaillardia - how long from seed to bloom?

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Polymerous
May 5, 2015 10:22 PM CST
I recently ordered a package of seeds for the hybrid Gaillardia 'Punch Bowl'. I was wondering how long it takes Gaillardia to grow from seed to a blooming plant. Does anyone know?



Also, if anyone has experience with this particular Gaillardia, is it truly an annual? If so, is it hardy - that is, will it overwinter in warm climates?

I was advised to also inquire about this particular plant on both the annuals and perennials forums, so I will do so. Hopefully somebody has some experience with this plant.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
May 6, 2015 6:10 AM CST

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I've only wintersown gaillardia, and never that species. But those that I've grown were short lived perennials that bloomed the first year.

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Onewish1
May 7, 2015 3:47 AM CST

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same here.. 1st year.. short lived
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Polymerous
May 7, 2015 2:22 PM CST
Thanks for your answers. I didn't know that Gaillardia were short lived. Sad
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Onewish1
May 8, 2015 3:56 AM CST

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yeah unfortunately.. sometimes I get lucky and get a couple self seed.. not often
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Polymerous
May 8, 2015 5:47 PM CST
I've had one plant each of 'Arizona Apricot' and 'Oranges and Lemons', both growing off my patio. They are in part shade (in winter, it is almost all shade) and I've had them for at least a couple of years. I hope they aren't about to die on me!
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kqcrna
May 9, 2015 5:39 AM CST

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Well, your climate is way different from Allison's and mine, so yours might last longer. Our winters are rough, winters and springs are wet.

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abhege
May 9, 2015 1:29 PM CST
I haven't had that particular variety but my Gaillardia always reseed easily!
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Onewish1
May 10, 2015 4:23 AM CST

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yes climate is very different.. I have only had one no name reseed.. everything else I am lucky hangs around for 2 years.. sometimes did not return after the year I planted them.. just a bum plant for our area
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mom2goldens
May 21, 2015 6:45 PM CST

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But they are so beautiful, they are worth growing as annuals in our zone. I've had some good luck with sowing early in spring using the "winter sowing" technique.
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kqcrna
May 22, 2015 4:29 AM CST

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I have a couple of them that overwintered this year, though the winter was pretty bad. Go figure.

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Onewish1
May 23, 2015 4:12 AM CST

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I spotted a couple that either came back or self seeded too.. surprised as well
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mandolls
Jun 13, 2015 1:25 PM CST
I planted some from seed last year, Galardia Burgundy (from Swallowtail Seed). It took until close to fall to get blooms and I didn't expect them to return this year, but I have several of them that are setting buds like crazy this year. I rechecked the site and it says winter hardy to zone 2. One of my Rudbekia came back too and it is only supposed to be winter hardy to zone 5, big surprise there.

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