Melampodium bears beautiful small, golden, daisylike blooms on bushy plants that tolerate heat, drought, and pests. Grow them as an edging plant or in containers.
To start seeds indoors: About 14 weeks before your last frost date, sprinkle the seeds over a premoistened medium, then cover the seeds lightly with vermiculite. Keep the temperature at 65° to 70°F. Sprouts should appear in a week or two. Transplant the seedlings to the garden 2 weeks after your last frost date.
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