A superb tall and easy annual with strong colours ranging from white to carmine. Excellent for cutting and make very attractive pot plants for summer flowering in a cold greenhouse. Flowers summer to autumn. Height 36-48in.
Sow 3mm (1/8in) deep in spring at 21 -24C (70-75F) in a good seed compost. Keep soil damp but not wet, sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is helpful. Germination usually takes 5-10 days.
When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow on in cooler conditions. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 1-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 6cm (24in) apart in a sunny spot on light well drained soil.