Seeds - Craspedia, Sun Ball OG (F)
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Description: Equally unlikely and charming! She goes by many marvellous names, from drumstick flower to billy balls to sun ball. Craspedia is easy to grow, producing a bustling skyline of inch-wide golden blossoms on long 20+ inch silver stems perfect for both fresh and dry bouquets. With a 2′ silvery tuft of gorgeous foliage, Craspedia makes very few demands, thriving in poor soil and even in drought. Indeed, she is native to Australia and perennial in Zones 9 through 12, though Craspedia is very easy to grow as an annual in other zones.
Harvest for bouquets at full bloom, when spheres are uniformly golden. For straight stems in dry arrangements, hang Craspedia upside down to dry two weeks before arranging.
Pack Size: 50 seeds
Latin Name: Craspedia globosa
Main Uses: This plant is grown as an ornamental.
Zone Hardiness: Annual outside of zone 9
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Height: 60 cm (24")
Flower Color: Yellow
Flowering Time: August (or until frost)
Germination: 14 - 18 days at 21°C.
Sowing: Indoors 4 - 5 weeks before last frost, 2 seeds per cell (thin to the strongest. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant. Outdoors, direct seed after last frost.
Planting depth: Barely-covered - light required for germination.
Planting Out: Well-drained soil once seedlings are established and risk of frost has passed.
Growing in Containers: Larger containers.
Fertilizing (Containers): Use an organic bloom-boost fertilizer once plants start to set buds.
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.
Watering (Garden): Water young plants regularly to establish, the water deeply as conditions require.