White Gaura.Flowers Seed, (Gaura Lindheimeri) Perennial
Approximately 2,600 seeds per ox
Gaura (Gaura Lindheimeri) - Grow Gaura from flower seeds, and it will add great texture and a graceful loose form to the garden. It's perfect for the border. Gaura is a many-branched flowering perennial that arises from a woody base. It produces 12 - 20 inch flower stalks that have four-petaled flowers, all in a row. They start out white and turn pink with age. The blooms replenish themselves, and the blooming season is quite long, lasting from early summer until the first frost. As it continues to grow, it does not become dense but branches out, and is a great plant to have in your wildflower garden as it self-sows its own flower seeds easily. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies will be busy with the Gaura in your garden!
The Gaura plant is drought hardy once established because it has a deep tap root. In colder zones, the plant should be mulched before winter to protect the roots. If the plant freezes in the winter, just cut back to the ground and it will regrow that spring. Do not be hesitant to cut this plant back severely each year; it grows very rapidly and will reach its mature size in one season.
Sow Gaura seeds in starter trays using sterile potting soil. Gently press the flower seeds into the soil, and barely cover with lose soil. Keep the flower seeds moist until germination. When ready to transplant, cut the Gaura seedlings back to help it grow more compact. A second cutting back 4 weeks later is often needed again to keep the plant more compact in growth.
Sowing: Direct sow in late fall, planting just below the surface. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days; sow seeds in a flat or individual peat pots, keeping the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 70 degrees F until germination, which usually occurs within 2-4 weeks. When the weather has warmed and the seedlings are well established, transplant outdoors.
Growing: Water seedlings occasionally and mature plants in prolonged drought, since this plant tolerates heat and drought well. This plant adapts well to areas with rocky or sandy soil. Keep weeds down, since too much competition can reduce the plant's growth. Deadheading is not necessary, though it may prolong the time of blooming. To produce more compact and bushy growth, prune back the developing stems. This plant will self-sow readily. Do not divide mature plants, since they have taproots that must not be disturbed. In cold climates, a layer of mulch may be necessary for protection from the low temperatures. Gaura grows well in containers, and makes a good border plant that attracts butterflies.
Harvesting: For fresh flowers, cut long stems of flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the leaves that will fall below the water.
Seed Saving: After the flowers fade, small oblong seed pods will form along the flower stalk. They will ripen at different times, turning from green to brown and easily dropping from the stem. Check the plants often to avoid loss. Shake or strip the ripe seeds from the stalk as they ripen, coming back every few days until all the seeds have ripened. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.
USDA Zones: 5 - 8