I find they grow so much better at my camper where they grow in the
wild. At home they need lots of watering if planted in the ground. I do mulch
with pine needles a couple times a year.
I have much better luck growing them in mum pots in semi-shade.
These need to be watered at least once a week, more in the hot dry summer time.
In the pots they send roots down to the bottom of the pot. I don't see them
going dormant anytime till frost hits them.
These were planted in August at my camper around a pine tree. That
has been the best place to plant them for me.
This is the same ones blooming the next spring. Alternating light
blue with white with orange crest.
The far ring was started with 6 fans in 1991. Just the
common blue. About 1995 the other 2 were started. Many hundreds have been given
away and planted along the trails at the campground. Quite a few seeds were
donated to SIGNA.
I no longer still have that campsite. The people whom had it last
year are moving this year. They kept them. Hoping the people who move in do the
same. I did very little weeding other them pulling some grass. When watering the
other flowers they were watered sometimes.