Tall Blue Bachelor Button Cornflower
Days to Full Maturity: 90 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate
Minimum Seed Count: 200
Tall Blue Bachelor Button Cornflower adds true blue blooms to any garden or meadow. The vibrant bloom is accompanied by silver foliage that offsets its blue blooms tremendously and attracts birds, butterflies, and both wild and honey bees Blue Cornflower is extremely easy to grow and is gorgeous planted on its own or paired with other colors of Cornflower. At one time the blue blossoms were made into a temporary dye most often used for tinting frosting, sugar, or candies.
How to grow:
Direct sow in late fall or early spring, planting the seeds thinly and 1/2″ deep. In the spring, keep the soil moist after sowing; germination should occur within 7-10 days. To start indoors, plant three or four seeds 1/2″ below the surface in individual peat pots. Keep the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F until germination; thin to the strongest seedlings. Transplant the seedlings before they reach a height of 5″. Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. Mature plants tolerate drought, but prefer adequate moisture and may need occasional watering. Prune off developing tips to force the plant to produce more branches and fuller growth, as well as more flowers. If the stems begin to fall over, provide support. Deadhead spent blossom for the most abundant flowers, keeping in mind that the latest blossoms will need to be left in order to produce seed; though an annual, it will reseed easily to produce volunteer plants. This plant attracts butterflies and bees, in addition to providing nutritious seed for birds. Cornflower grows well in containers as well as in the garden.