Annual flowering plant, suitable for covering the ground, solitaire, and for cut flowers. Drought-resistant spreads quickly if you don’t want it to self-scatter – prune it after flowering.
Sow indoors: 0.5cm(1/4in) deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position, a temperature of 15-20°C(60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Grow on in good light to avoid legginess and thin out into small pots once 2-4 leaves have developed. Pinch out the growing tips to encourage blooms.
Sow outdoors for ease, where they are to flower, 1.5cm(1/2in) deep into finely prepared soil which had already been watered. Thin seedlings to 30cm(12in) apart. Water well until plants are established.