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"Sunray" coreopsis ... one perennial that's easy to grow from seed.

'Sunray' coreopsis . . . one perennial that's easy to grow from seed Sowing seeds now will give you bright coreaopsis flowers next spring through fall. From six to eight plants, you will be able to cut fresh flowers practically every day without noticeably diminishing the colorful blooms. And, unlike many perennials, coreopsis is very easy to grow from seed. Aptly named 'Sunray', the variety pictured here was a 1980 Fleuroselect pick (the European equivalent of an All-America Seed Selection award). 'Sunray' grows to 20 inches tall and equally broad. It produces an incredible number of double golden yellow flowers on 6- to 10-inch stems; as cut flowers, these last well in water. (A plant's first flowers will be single; doubleness comes as plants mature.) A packet of seeds costing about $1 will give you as many as 50 plants. Sow at least two months before the first expected frost. Where frosts come early, sow indoors in late winter or out of doors in early spring. Sow thinly in a pot, flat, or box filled with a good potting soil. Seedlings should appear in a week to 10 days. As soon as most of the seedlings have their first two sets of true leaves (see top right photograph), transplant them to give plants more growing room.

When plants have developed a good-size rootball, move them to a sunny spot in the garden and set 18 inches apart. They need good drainage. Young plants have moderate water needs; established ones can take some drought.

for seed and a free catalog, write to W. Atlee Burpee Co., 300 Park Ave., Warminster, Pa. 18991; Geo. W. Park Seed Co., Box 31, Greenwood, S.C. 29647; or Thompson and Morgan, Box 1308, Jackson, N.J., 08527.
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