Lasting Orange (Safflower)
Latin Name: Carthamus tinctorius
Item #: 745
Annual (32 in/80 cm) Approx. 700 seeds per oz/28 g
CULTURE: Sow indoors May 1st in peat pots, 0.25 in/0.63 cm deep, cover with fine soil and firm. Germinate seeds at 70°F/21°C for about 10 days, thin to one seedling per pot 20 days later. Sow outdoors in rows for fresh cut flowers or dried flower production by June 1st. Plants will produce flowers in about 90 days from seed. This species should be spaced 4 in/10 cm apart in the rows - either in the greenhouse or outdoors (as a cut flower), and is less thorny than conventional varieties, making it much easier to cut. Flowers open yellow, turning to deep orange at maturity. Plants are easy to grow, but require full sun and a rich sandy soil. Fertilize lightly about 60 days after sowing to increase cut flower production. Harvest cut flowers after the blooms turn orange. Dried flowers should be dried slowly - hung by the stems upside down to keep the needle, ball shaped blooms in good condition.