Skys the Limit Seed Collection
Planting Delphinium: Start inside 8-10 weeks before planting out. Lightly cover seeds, provide darkness and cool temperatures (50-55 degrees F). Should germinate in 2-3 weeks. Transplant outside in early spring, into a full sun to light shade location, 12 inches apart. May also be direct seeded outside in early spring or early autumn. If planting in autumn, plant with at least six weeks before the ground freezes for the best root growth. Delphiniums prefer rich soil, so work in compost or manure. Add bone meal each spring and fertilize regularly Deadheading regularly will keep Chinese delphiniums blooming all summer. Unlike the Elatum or Pacific Hybrids, these dwarf Delphiniums can withstand hot, dry conditions. Plants may be short lived so replace every 2-3 years. Watch out for slugs!
Planting Hollyhock: Start inside in peat pots, 6-8 weeks before planting out. Do not cover seed, provide light and average temperatures (65-21 degrees C). Easy to germinate in 10-14 days. May also be direct seeded after last frost or in early fall for blooms the next year. Transplant after last frost into full sun or light shade, 18-24 inches apart. Pinch out the growing tip immediately after transplanting to produce stocky, stronger plants. Prefers rich, moist soil. Provide excellent air circulation, may need to be staked. Cut back after first bloom to encourage reblooming. Do not move established plants. May be short lived, but hollyhocks self-seed dependably.
Planting Ornamental Grass: Start seed inside 6-8 weeks before last frost. Cover seed lightly, provide bottom heat and seed will germinate quickly. Grow one plant per 5-6" pot to avoid restricted root growth. Grow at 20 degrees C is best. Growth slows below 16 degrees C. May be direct seeded into the garden 2 weeks before last frost (Purple Majesty MUST be started indoors). Transplant into the garden after last frost in to a full sun location, 16-24 inches apart. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil.
Planting Sunflower: 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 inch deep in light, well-drained soil. Keep moist until seed germinates in 10-14 days. Space in a full sun location 6-24 inches apart depending on variety. Giant varieties should be be planted 20-24 inches apart, while cut flower varieties should be spaced 6-10 inches apart to get smaller heads and slender stems for bouquets.