Sparkler Guara - New winner of the AAS and Fleurselects Awards
I will use this post to document my experiences with this new guara.
Got my Geoseed catalog in August and saw this NEW short variety.
Since germination can vary, I ordered two 100 seeds packages for about $5.50 each.
For spring 2014 blooms, on Sept 1, 2013, planted 90 seeds in flats. Random dirt from my enhanced dirt pile. Flats are outside.
The other package, I planted in the ground.
Seeds were soaked in plain water for 3-4 hours prior to planting.
Germination was good if direct sown or planted in trays.
The cells were better because the seed is a nutlet and can produce more than one plant and need separation.
Fertilized with diluted water soluble fertilizer twice.
Nov 1, 2013, transplanted seedlings from cells into my gardens.
They transplant easily at this early stage. No shock.
About 150 total plants are now in the ground.
Could have planted in July since the guaras that have self seeded from plants I have are a little ahead of the seeds from the packages.
I am in zone 9a.
Guara orginated in Texas/Oklahoma and can take the heat, humidity and cold (down to zero), and are labeled as perrenials. And I always get complements about this plant.
Will update with pictures.
PS. LSU has a more realistic picture of Sparkler from its trial VS the AAS picture. But the picture was in their newsletter and I cannot post it.
Here is a link that might be useful: Sparkle data sheet
This post was edited by bugbite on Fri, Nov 8, 13 at 18:45