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Dormancy Notice: This plant, like many others, enters dormancy or semi-dormancy in the late fall through early spring. *THIS PLANT IS NOT DEAD. It is completely healthy but upon receiving the plant, you may notice it exhibits fewer leaves, discoloration, or complete leaf drop. This is normal and essential to the plant's health. In fact, planting during dormancy promotes root growth, giving your plant a better start for spring, when new foliage will begin to grow.
The Gaillardia Arizona Sun has large fiery red and orange blooms tipped by a ring of bright yellow. The common name of Blanket Flower refers to the resemblance of the brightly patterned Native American blankets. The showy flowers attract butterflies and take on a torn, ruffled appearance.
12 to 15 inches
Up to 15 Inches
Upright, clump forming
Fiery Red, Orange, and Yellow
June through September
Gray-Green filigreed foliage
Prefers dry, average to sandy soil
Water well until established
Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting. Attracts pollinators
How to Care for Gaillardia Arizona Sun
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
Frequently Asked questions
How do I water Gaillardia Arizona Sun?
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Gaillardia Arizona Sun a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.
How do I fertilize Gaillardia Arizona Sun?
Feeding your plants is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. We recommend feeding your Gaillardia Arizona Sun in the very early spring and again in mid summer after all new growth has hardened off and it begins to set flower buds. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is the best product to use at the time of planting. Our ideal fertilizer schedule for you to use is as follows. Apply an early spring fertilizer with a product such as Espoma Plant-tone at the recommended rate this will give the plant a boost of nitrogen potash that will be needed for healthy foliage and stem growth. Follow this up with another early summer application of Espoma Flower-Tone, this will again provide the necessary nutrients to promote a flush of beautiful flowers. Espoma products are easy to use, just sprinkle around the base of the plant and water it in. Be careful with products such as miracle-grow as these products can burn newly planted plants when not used at the recommended rates. Slow-release fertilizer can help prevent rapid soft growth that is vulnerable to diseases and insects.
How do I mulch Gaillardia Arizona Sun?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Gaillardia Arizona Sun with either ground hardwood mulch or ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or base of the plant.
How do I prune Gaillardia Arizona Sun?
Remove the old flowers of Gaillardia Arizona Sun as they become brown and unattractive. This procedure, called deadheading, encourages the yarrow plant to produce new flowers, keeping your plant looking attractive throughout the season. This process is called deadheading. Deadheading also prevents Gaillardia Arizona Sun from spreading through your yard, as it can be an effective self-seeder when the dead flowers are allowed to dry completely and go to seed this would cause problems for your garden as the seedling would not be Gaillardia Arizona Sun. Prune the central stems of the yarrow if they begin to die back. Remove these brown stems and leaves to give your plant a healthier and more attractive appearance. Yarrow tends to grow more and more stems on the outside, leaving the inner stems to die away, which is why its also recommended to divide Gaillardia Arizona Sun every few years to rejuvenate the plant. Cut back yarrow to within 6 inches of the ground after it has finished flowering. In colder climates, cut it back as one of the last chores in your garden before the snow flies. In warmer climates, cut it back in the spring before it begins to bud. Cutting back will promote new growth, giving you a healthier plant with stronger stems. Gaillardia Arizona Sun reliably blooms on the seasons new growth, so prune to the ground during late winter or very early spring before growth starts. Fall pruning, especially in warmer climates, can result in a quick flush of new growth that prevents dormancy and makes winter freezes potentially deadly.