Container Garden Seed Collection
Great performers for sumer-long colour in containers. This collection contains 4 seed packages, 1 each of Pinto Mix Coleus, Maverick Mix Geranium, Purple Wave Petunia and Pacino Gold Sunflower.
Pinto Mix Coleus: Coleus blumei. An array of attractive colours blotched, tie-dyed and swirled on this giant 3 foot tall coleus. With leaves bigger than your hand, this is an outstanding addition to any garden or container. Holds up nicely from spring through to fall. A great addition to a shady corner. Approx. 320 seeds/pkg.
Maverick Mix Geranium: Pelargonium hortorum. These vigorous plants make this the best geranium for using in landscaping. Each large 5-6" flower head has many small blooms. It has distinct foliage and is very showy and colourful when planted in beds or containers. Maverick Mix will be one of the longest blooms in your garden. Start indoors at least 12 weeks before last spring frost in your area. Approximately 10 seeds/Pkg.
Purple Wave Petunia: Petunia x hybrida. Waves require no pinching or pruning to have season long bloom, although some pinching will produce bushier baskets. Plants get only 4-6" tall but spread 3-4 feet. Colourful 2-3" blooms absolutely smother these spreading plants. Excellent grown as a groundcover, in hanging baskets, pots or window boxes. Start Petunia seed inside 8 weeks before last frost date. Pelleted seed. Approximately 10 seeds/pkg.
Pacino Gold Sunflower: Helianthus annuus. An abundance of brilliant 5-6 inch lemony yellow flowers... all at one time! Dwarf plants can be grown in a pot, containers, or in the garden. Perfect for cutting for indoor arrangements. Height 12-16 inches. Pacino Gold has lemon yellow petals and gold centers. Direct seed outdoors after danger of frost. Sunflowers require full sun, well-drained soil. Approximately 20 seeds/pkg.
Planting Coleus: Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before transplanting. Sow seed on the surface of the soil, do not cover as light is required for germination. Provide a soil temperature of 21-24 degrees C. Transplant after all danger of frost is past, 6-8 inches apart. Coleus can grow under any light condition, shade to full-sun as long as they get plenty of moisture. Pinch and remove flowers to encourage branching and full growth.
Planting Geraniums: Start inside at least 12 weeks before last spring frost. Cover seed lightly and then provide constant warmth (70-75 degrees F) and moisture. Bottom heat is essential. (Except for inchesBlack Velvet Rose inches, which should be germinated cool, without bottom heat, at 60 F.) Cover to provide total darkness until germination occurs, in 5-15 days. Thereafter provide lots of light. Plant outside after last frost, 8-12 inches apart. Prefers full sun, but will tolerate light shade. Deadhead and remove yellowed leaves. Do not overfertilize.
Planting Petunias: Start inside 8 weeks before last frost. Sprinkle the tiny seed onto soil surface and gently press them in; do not cover. Provide light and constant warmth (21-24 degrees C). Use a bottom heat source for best results. Transplant after last frost into a full sun location. Wave petunias need full sun (at least 6 hours daily) exposure and well-drained, fertile soil. Provide plenty of water and regular fertilizer for peak performance. Space plants 12 to 18 inches apart in beds, or place 1 to 3 plants in each 10 inches container. With the Tidal Wave petunias, 12-inch spacing forces the plants to grow 2 feet tall, while wider spacing allows the plants to grow shorter and spread. Feed plants every 2 weeks with a complete plant food, such as 10-20-10 or an organic alternative, to maintain constant flowering. Pinch back errant, long stems to encourage bushier growth.
Planting Sunflowers: Direct seed outdoors after all danger of frost is past. (Dwarf varieties can be seeded inside in peat pots 3 weeks before planting out.) Sow 1” deep in light, well-drained soil. Keep moist until seed germinates in 10-14 days. Space in a full sun location 6-24” apart depending on variety. Giant varieties should be planted 20-24” apart, while cut flower varieties should be spaced 6-10” apart to get smaller heads and slender stems for bouquets. Water regularly but do not over fertilize. Cut flowers last 10-14 days.