Make several sowings a few weeks apart to have a succession of flowers in full bloom. Keep soil moist and well weeded. Protect very young seedlings from birds with netting or berry baskets, removing before plants get crowded. Cut for bouquets just as flowers begin to open.
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In late spring, plant into fertile soil in full sun, only after night temperatures are evenly above 50° F (10° C) both day and night. Poke seeds into well worked soil 1-2 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Firm soil over seeds and keep moist as seedlings emerge.
Important: When seedlings are about 3 inches tall, thin them to a final spacing of 1 foot apart, so plants can grow sturdy stalks and big flowers. Extra seedlings can be easily transplanted.