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Asked by Evenstad on June 11, 2011
How Many Times a Week Should a Mesa Yellow Blanket Flower?

My little sister got a Blanket Flower and wants it to last longer than her petunias did, which lasted 2 months. We wanted to know what sort of special attention it needs or if it’s just a more laid-back type of flower. Also, there were little red ants in her petunia flower pot when we took out the soil. We were wondering if the ants might have caused the petunias to die so quickly. Or maybe it was just the hot Texas sun.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

For the petunias, likely it was a little of the sun and a little of the ants. Petunias need plenty of water under hot sun and if they were not watered 2-3 times a day, depending on the heat, they would have died more quickly. The ants tunneling through the roots would have sped this along.

Blanket flowers are more drought tolerant than petunias, but if you have them in a pot, I would recommend that you water them at least daily for optimal growth,

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Asked by Anonymous on July 3, 2011
Gaillardia X Grandiflora

I have read that I can start new plantlets from an existing plant by ‘cutting straight down along the side of a clump in mid-summer. ‘ What does this mean, and how do I do it?

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Nikki
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Asked by Anonymous on June 27, 2015
Blanket Flowers

I have Blanket flowers that are starting to lose their petals. Can I deadhead them to get more growth?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, you can remove the spent blooms. If you want additional plants next season (on annual varieties), allow a few to remain for self-seeding in the garden or save some of the flower heads to get the seeds for next year.

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Asked by Juliela on June 28, 2015
What Can I Do to Get My Blanket Flowers to Bloom?

We planted Blanket flowers last year and they are returning nicely this year. However, they just keep growing and haven’t produced any flower buds yet. Is there something I should do?
Thanks,
Julie

Asked by Anonymous on July 29, 2015
Gaillardia Aristata

Two years ago landscapers put in perennial garden with Gaillardia Goblin. They have been slow to start–almost looking dead by end of fall–plants laying on ground with a weak flower. This year was a wetter spring and one of the plants looks quite good but the other has a massive amount of green leafy plants spreading around the ground but no flowers. The leaf seems to resemble the outer leaves near the ground. The plant with the flower looks like a “regular plant” then with these same leafy plants coming up all around it also. Do these “go wild” and not flower–maybe just a weed coming where a plant used to be?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Deadheading spent blooms often helps encourage additional flowering throughout the season. That said, there could be an issue with the nitrogen content in the soil (a soil test would help confirm this). Too much nitrogen content will produce more foliage growth and little to no flowering. Adding a high phosphorus fertilizer, or bone meal, to the soil will normally offset this and help induce blooming. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/blanket-flower/growing-blanket-flowers.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on June 29, 2016
Blanket Flower

After a lavish first blooming my seemingly healthy blanket flower died completely back. My foreclosed right beside it seems fine and is blooming fine. Help?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Any sign of insects or disease on the leaves?
The plant generally should not have died back until fall.
Since you have other plants nearby that are not effected it is not likely environmental.
You could try to treat the remaining plant with Neem Oil. This acts as both insecticide and a fungicide.
Sometimes a loss of plants just can't be explained.

Here are a couple of articles for you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/blanket-flower/growing-blanket-flowers.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on June 11, 2017
Blanket Flowers

Do you deadhead the dead blooms and will they keep on flowering

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, dead heading the plants will encourage more flowers and generally extend their bloom period.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/blanket-flower/growing-blanket-flowers.htm

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