Ipomopsis aggregata, or the bright red Gilia aggregata, is a North American indigenous discovered from British Columbia, along the West-Coast through to Northern Mexico. Also called the skyrocket this biennial, as well as the rocket flower, and occasionally perennial, flower creates long, star shaped blooms on tall stems. Pollinated by hummingbirds and moths, the skyrocketâs red (humming Bird) and white (moths) blooms are established by its own pollinator. It may grow up to about 5 feet tall. Highly drought-tolerant and largely intolerant to cool, the skyrocketâs is hardy to Sunsetâs Environment Zones 1 through 3, 6 through 14 and 18 through 21.
Choose a well- drained planting area with soils that are loamy, like bed or a hill-side. Be certain the area has soils that are loamy and receives a full-day of sunlight, as the sky-rocket plant is intolerant to areas.
Loosen the planting area using a shovel to eliminate any soils that are clumped. Propagate the sky-rocket by seeds in the first spring. Place the seeds beneath the the top of soil and water the area lightly to avoid the seeds. Irrigate before the sky-rockets become proven, the seeds frequently to maintain a soil atmosphere.
Maintain a somewhat dry soil atmosphere when the sky-rocket crops create within their location. Water the plants and occasionally and usually enable the soil to dry to prevent ensuing root-rot and water-logged soils.
Avoid fertilizing the plant that is sky-rocket as these slow-growing crops don’t need extra nutrients. Although they might return through the subsequent season expect your sky-rocket crops to die after blooming.