Good gardening practices are sometimes difficult for the gardener. Last summer I planted a variety of Gaillardia. Now, I’ve learned from working with Mary and Chris, that the way to get the best results from your plants takes patience. You should start by preparing the ground, mix in some organic matter (either peat moss or compost) dig a big hole add some Osmocote fertilizer and make sure the plants are well watered. If you want to achieve quicker branching and healthier plants you should also keep them trimmed. That is the part that is tough for me. I want the flowers!
Well, last summer I planted my Gaillardia in July, after we bought our house, and I lectured myself into trimming the plants. While it hurt me to trim off new buds and keep the plants fairly short (about 8-10 inches tall) I knew that by doing so the Gaillardia would branch out and I would have many more beautiful red and yellow blooms next summer and for many summers to come. And it worked. By the end of September each of my plants had about 6-9 blooms at a time. I am not a patient person when it comes to flowers or my husband putting dishes in the dishwasher, but this was definitely worth the wait. I can’t wait to see them this summer!