Santa Fe - 3603
Direct sow in early spring after the danger of frost has passed. Can be sown as late as 100 days before killing frost. Requires full sun, adapted to a wide range of soil types but prefers well drained soil with a ph of 6.5 - 7.5. Fertilizer should coincide with plants needs & general health. If needed apply fertilizer at a rate of 2 - 2 ½ lbs of actual nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. as a side dressing before the plants reach 1 foot in height. First blooms appear 60 - 90 days after emergence.
Harvest bouquets in early morning or late afternoon hours. Collect flowers that are the almost completely open. Remove leaves below water line. The cut flowers have a vase life of 6 to 10 days. Sequential plantings every 2 - 4 weeks apart will provide continuous color and bouquets. Overhead watering is not recommended.
Germination: 7 - 21 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 68°F - 86°F
Sowing Depth: 1/4 inch
Blooming Period: May - November
Seeds/Pkt: 50- covers 100 sq. ft.
1 oz Covers: 908 sq.ft.
1/4 pound Covers: 3,630
1 Pound Covers: 14,520 sq.ft
Seeding Rate: 3 lbs. per acre
Blooms are 2 to 4 inches - Branching