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How to Grow Godetia Flowers
Annuals, Clarkia Amoena
Named after Swiss botanist Charles H. Godet, Godetia is a spring blooming annual flower. Godetia plants are native to western North America, from British Colombia down to California. This plant is considered to be a wildflower. But, it looks nice in flower gardens, too.
The Godetia plant grows 12" - 30", depending upon variety. The is a fast growing flower, producing spring blooms in just 30 to 60 days. The flower blooms are similar to Azaleas. Colors include white, pink, purple, lavender, and red.
Other Names: Farewell to Spring
Godetia plants are grown from seeds. Directly sow Godetia seeds into your flower garden, or sow seeds in pots or trays indoors, four to six weeks before the last frost date in your area. Outdoors, sow seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with 1/8" of fine garden or potting soil.
Ideal plant spacing is 16" -20". Godetia plants do not like to be crowded.
How to Grow Godetia Plants:
Grow Godetia in full sun. Plants need lots for sun, or they will grow slowly. They prefer rich to average soil. Mix in compost when planting. Keep the soil moist, not wet. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Godetia is easy to grow. As wildflowers, they require little care. In the home garden, mulch around them to help retain soil moisture, and to keep the weeds down.
Flowers bloom early to mid summer. Taller varieties may require staking.
Godetia are good re-seeders. Plant them where they can drop their seeds and grow undisturbed for years. If you allow them to reseed in a location, you will likely need to thin new plants in the spring.
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease are not a common problem. Use insecticides, repellents, and fungicides, as needed.
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