Yellow Sprite

Flower, Yellow Sprite Creeping Zinnia  Sanvitalia (creeping zinnia, trailing zinnia, golden stars)

Sanvitalia grows as an annual ground cover, ornamental container plant and makes a great hanging basket plant. This plant with bright-yellow or orange daisy-like flowers with dark button centers is a member of the sunflower family. Flowering from early summer until first frost, sanvitalia grows less than 1 foot high and can spread 2 1/2 feet.

Yellow Sprite is a low-maintenance garden performer which is drought and poor soil tolerant and thrives in hot, sunny weather making it a “perfect” plant for our semi-arid region.

Packet App. 50 seeds. $3.00


More about Sanvitalia.Plant Cycle:   (A)   Days to Maturity or Bloom:   63-77

GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 61-64°F (16.5-18°C).
CULTURE: Starting from seeds is a bit tricky.

Indoors: Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost date. Cover seed lightly with vermiculite as light aids germination. Harden off and transplant out after danger of frost has passed.

Outdoors: Sow seeds after last frost date when soil is warm. Barely cover seed with fine soil.
LIGHT/SOIL: Full sun in well-drained soil. Tolerant of dry soil.
SPACING: 6-9″ apart.
USE: Beautiful flowering ground cover. Useful for edging beds and borders, rock gardens and hanging baskets.

This ground-hugging charmer covers itself with little yellow flowers with brown centers. An annual, it loves hot, dry conditions, making creeping zinnia perfect for a sunny rock garden or any other baked spot. Give it full sun in poor soil and it will thrive.

Fertilize lightly once or twice during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer.

Prepare the planting site by placing 2 to 3 inches of organic material on top of the soil’s surface. Mix and incorporated the material into the soil with a shovel to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Supplementing the planting soil increases drainage and fertility.

Water the germinating seeds and seedlings keeping the soil moist, but never soggy. Maintain soil moisture while the seeds germinate and the seedlings grow. Once the plant is established, sanvitalia prefers growing in drier soil.

Deadheading spent flowers with garden clippers encourages continuous blooming.


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