Days to Full Maturity: 80-90 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate
Minimum Seed Count: 75
Strawflowers (Bracteantha) are easy-care and elegant annual plants that offer a long bloom season. An excellent dried flower, the petals have a dry, papery feel. Just cut the blooms and enjoy them in DIY craft projects, such as dried-flower wreaths, swags, etc. Strawflowers thrive in sunny garden beds and borders. The plants are tidy and mounding, so they’re fine choices for planting along pathways or in the middle or front of the border with perennials or other annuals. Their mounding form looks especially nice when paired with ornamental grasses, snapdragons, veronica, or other spiky, upright plants. Strawflowers do well in container gardens; the plants thrive in pots, too. This makes strawflowers a fun choice for adding color to sunny decks, patios, porches, and balconies. You can grow them by themselves or combine them with other plants.
How to grow:
Sow Tall Double Mix strawflower seeds directly outside 1 – 2 weeks before final frost or, for earliest blooms, begin indoors in peats or starting trays 4 – 6 weeks sooner. Whether indoors or out, firm soil over the seeds and keep moist. Sow strawflower Tall Double Mix seeds ¼” deep with 8 – 12” apart in average, loamy, and well-drained soil in full sunlight. Germination will take about 7 days depending on conditions. Stake and support taller plants, but Tall Double Mix strawflowers generally do not need any special care and are very drought and heat resistant. Tall Double Mix strawflowers have no serious pests, but can be susceptible to a viral-like disease called aster yellows. Plants affected by asters yellow will exhibit yellow growth and stunted blooming. Remove infected strawflowers and check for leafhoppers transmitting the disease from infected plants to healthy ones. Tall Double Mix strawflower seeds reach full maturity in 70 – 84 days as 24 – 36” bushy shrubs with a compact 8 – 10” spread of 2 – 3” double-blooms all in a mix of rose, purple, yellow, white, orange, red, and brown. Harvest flowers regularly to encourage re-bloom. To dry, remove foliage from strawflowers, bunch loosely, and hang upside down in a warm, shady, airy place.