- Seed Storage Tips:
Blue Boy Bachelor Button Cornflowers Flowers seeds (Centaurea cyanus) are a staple for any garden. If you're wondering how easy it is to grow, their bloom time are beautiful and dependable annual/perennial is a periwinkle blue.
It is a native to Europe, but grown widely in the U.S.. Blue Boy Bachelor Button Flowers prefer to bloom during the cooler temps of spring and make a wonderful addition to any bouquet as a cut flower. They grow to about 2.5'-3' tall have stems that can be used as a cut flower. Butterflies adore these Bachelor button flowers and flock to them. It can be self-seeding if seed is not collected when flower is spent.
The Bachelor button got it's name from when the flower initially was used to signify that a man had fallen in love. The bachelor would wear a Centaurea cyanus in his lapel to signal his love and to let others know that he was no longer available. They are also popular to include in Grooms Boutonnières.
• Blue Boy Bachelor Button | Centaurea cyanus, Open Field
• Cool Season Annual
• Full sun or partial shade
• USDA zones 2 through 10
• Seed germinates in 7-15 days
• Plant seeds or seedlings about two to four inches apart. Cover the seeds with about ¼ to ½ inch of soil. Thoroughly moisten the soil, so the seeds get enough water, but do not overwater — seeds dislike soggy soil. Thin to approximately 18 inches apart. Net support about 2' off the ground for plant to grow up through provides support for heavy southern rains.
• Use a high-quality, all-purpose fertilizer on a monthly basis for continuous blooms.
• 20+ seeds per/packet
Q: What does "Hydroponic Seeds" or "Hydroponically Adapted" in the product description mean?
very seed has a lifespan and will vary by cultivar, but with some basic good practices you can significanly prolong the life of your seed and protect your investment with a few best practices:
The goal of whatever "container" you choose is to idealy limit moisture and UV light exposure which can reduce germination rates over time. Use a clean and dry glass jar (we like to use an amber colored wide-mouth Mason Jar) with a lid that closes tightly that is large enough to hold several seed packets. Using a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol, wipe down inside of glass jar and allow to completey dry. This step will help to kill any bacteria or fungi residue that could be present on the surface of your jar (especially if your jar has been sitting in storage for awhile).
If you have a food preservation system like a vacuum sealer system or a canister that can seal with a vacuum like this, these work well also — just keep in mind that if you have to access your seed supply, you will have to cut the package open and reseal to put back into storage.