Godetia grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Clarkia also known as Clarkia amoena, Godetia annual plant used as ornamental plant for the flower and often used as cut flower, the plant growing in containers as live bouquet, can grow in subtropics, temperate, mediterranean or desert climate and growing in hardiness zone 2-9 spring planting and 10-11 in the winter planting.
Leaves color green in lanceolate shape.
Flowers color pink, purple, white, orange, red or more than one color the flowers have four petals some cultivar petals have heart shape.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seedling / Seed / Cutting
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, better to grow from seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: Sensitive to heat and high summer humidity
Recommended planting season? Spring but possible in the summer in hardiness zone 2-10a, autumn to winter in hardiness zone 10b-11, possible also in spring but if there is hot summer might not survive the heat
Pests and diseases: Aphids, spider mites
Pruning season: All the season
How to prune: Dead head, better to cut the flowers before the flowers are dead will induce the plant to grow more flowers
Size of the plant: 30-90 cm, 1-3 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water / Average amount of water prefer more water but can survive with small amount
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade (will bloom less but in hot climate will grow longer and will survive hotter temperatures
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Growing Godetia in containers: Yes, when grow in container, size 5-12 liter (1.5-3 gallon) amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist and the water go out of the pot, better not to use bottom of pot and when there is better that will dry in the same day, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can use in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.
Bloom season: Spring / Summer
General information about the flower: Four petals in the colors pink, purple, white, orange, red or more than one color
Godetia grandiflora – most common cultivar with big impressive flowers in colors pink, purple, white, orange, red and can be bi-color.
How to grow Godetia from seed
Sowing requirement: Germinate better in the temperature between 15-25C (60-78F)
Saving seeds until sowing: Cool and dry location
Sowing season: Spring in hardiness zone 2-10a (usually sown in winter and transplant in the spring after the last frost, autumn to winter in hardiness zone 10b-11, possible also in spring but if there is hot summer might not survive the heat
Planting spacing: 20*30cm (8*12 inches)
Depth of Sowing: 0.5-1cm (0.25-0.5 inch)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Full sun without hot temperature above 25C (78F)
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water, keep the soil moist in
Germination time: 1-3 weeks
Condition of seedling: The seedling are sensitive to transplant be aware that better to take them with all the roots after 7 leaves and transplant them with organic material
Do the seeds require burying? No, but will grow better if kept in cool location