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How to Grow Cupid's Dart
Attractive, easy to grow Cupid's Dart plants are natives of Europe. They produce daisy-like, blue flowers with a dark center. Flowers bloom in mid summer , growing atop, strong, wiry stems. Cupid's Dart is attractive in flowerbeds, and as wildflowers.
Cupid's Dart grows 18" - 30". Leaves are thin and grayish green in color.
As a perennial, established plants grow for years with little attention. They will, however, benefit by separating clumps every few years. Cupid's Dart are good as dried flowers, too.
Cupid's Dart are grown from seeds. Directly seed them into your flower garden after all danger of frost has past. You can also start Cupid's Dart indoors, for transplanting later. With an early start, they may bloom the first year. For an early start, Plant them indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area.
Cover seeds lightly with soil, about 1/8". Space seeds 3"-4" apart. Thin seedlings to 12" apart.
Cupid's Dart can also be propagated by cuttings and by separation or division of roots. Division of established plants will result in bigger plants and flowers.
How to Grow Cupid's Dart Plants:
Grow Cupid's Dart in full sun. The plants prefer rich, well drained soil. They are drought tolerant.
These easy to grow plants are forgiving. They will grow well with little or no attention. But, like other plants, a little pampering is rewarded with bigger blooms. Water them during dry periods. Add a general purpose fertilizer once a month to promote healthier plants, and bigger blooms.
Plants will tolerate some crowding. As they become overcrowded, the Cupid's Dart plants produce smaller flowers. At this point, thin or separate clumps.
Deadhead flowers to promote new blooms.
Harvest flowers in full bloom for cut flowers, or for use as dried flowers.
Insect and Disease:
Cupid's Dart are seldom bothered by insects and disease. Mildew problems may occur in warm, humid weather. Treat with insecticides, or fungicide as needed..
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