Sturdy and versatile flowers and foliage.Sturdy, straight stems and branching flower clusters store well and can be used fresh or dried. Stems are easily air-dried for arrangements. Fresh, dark green foliage and geometric buds add structure to mixed bouquets. Great in combination with sunflowers. This strain is nearly thornless for easy harvest. Tufted thistle-like flowers with oval leaves. Fiery orange-and-gold petals are edible and sometimes used as a substitute for saffron. Also known as safflower. Ht. 18–24". Avg. 700 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 68-72°F (20-22°C)
SOWING: Direct seed (recommended) – Sow after last frost date. Cover seed lightly. Note: After germination, 65°F (18°C) is the ideal temperature for seedling development. Transplant – Sow into 50-cell plug tray, or preferred seedling container, 4-5 weeks before planting out. Harden off and transplant out after danger of frost.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. Southern growers – provide approximately 30% shade or some afternoon shade.
PLANT HEIGHT: 18-24".
PLANT SPACING: 6-9".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Fresh – Cut stems when flowers have begun to open and show color. Stems harvested before color is showing will not open in storage. Dried – Flowers are completely open, air dry.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average well-drained soil.
USES: Fresh or dried cut-flower.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Carthamus tinctorius
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