Bluebell, California Wildflower Seeds Native annual adds wonderful deep blue to early spring, and is very adaptable to conditions. Remember it is a very short plant, and try to plant it where it can be seen during its early bloom. In most meadows, after bloom, it is quickly covered by taller growing species. The gentian-blue blue cup-like flowers are borne over velvety, This California Bluebell with dark green, scalloped-edged leaves in loose rosettes, the foliage is usually outlined or blushed in red. The flowers are held clear of the pretty foliage to create a carpet of opulent cobalt blue. A native to the deserts of California is a super easy-to-grow annual that blooms just eight weeks after sowing. The seeds germinate at low temperatures, they need only be sown directly outdoors into lightly disturbed soil in spring or autumn. Plant them in a position that receives full sun in well-draining soil. Height is about 12 inches and about 6 inches wide. Seedlings of Phacelia campanularia resent root disturbance so it is better to sow seeds directly outdoors where they are to flower. If you do wish to sow into indoors in pots or trays and then to transplant them, make sure the containers are large enough to minimise root disturbance. The plants do best in an open sunny open site as the blooms do not open in shade but will grow in most soils. Even though it is a desert wildflower, fondest of poor light soil, it doesn't mind rainfall in temperate climates, it will grow taller and bloom longer in well-draining soil that gets a bit of watering during spring.
In areas with wet winter environments It isn't apt to reseed itself, but it will be a vigorous annual for its one year.
All of our wildflowers are Non-GMO as well and neonicotinoid-free.
Tips On When And Where To Plant Wildflower Seeds
First, find out what your gardening zone is. Take a look at our zoning information. Don't plant wildflowers when frost is still a danger in the early months of the year, or when frost is about to set in near year's end. In most regions, the optimal planting time for wildflowers begins as soon as all danger of frost has past and warmer days are ahead.
Do you live in California, Florida or southern Texas? Times of frost are minimal in your area, and you can plant wildflowers in all but the coldest weeks of the year, or the very hottest part of summer. In California, most gardeners plant their wildflower seed in the early winter, so that it is sitting there ready for the first rains to wake it up! In Florida, however, fall is a better time to plant wildflower seeds.
Are you in a rainy corner of the country? Plant before your local rainy season begins, ensuring that your wildflowers will have plenty of time to germinate and establish themselves before summer heat hits in.
In many parts of the country, both annual and perennial wildflower seeds will become permanent parts of the garden, growing either via reseeding or by living on from year to year on their own roots.
If you aren't sure about your zone or optimal wildflower planting time, you can contact your local Ag Department.
How To Plant Your Wildflower Seeds
Don't rake or cover your wildflower seeds with dirt. Instead, after you've finished scattering the wildflower seed, simply walk over the area in your shoes - or barefoot if you're a nature-loving guy or gal! This will gently compress the seeds into the soil without burying them.
If you're expecting rain within a week or so of sowing your wildflower seed, there is no need to water. But, if you live in a dry area or can't count on rain, mist the wildflower seed growing area with a hose or gentle sprinkler. Keep the seed bed moist until the little plants are established or rain is falling on its own without help from your garden hose! Germination times are unique to each variety with some appearing in as little as a week and others taking many weeks to germinate. Be patient - each variety will start growing at the time that is right for it.Each fall, you will need to do an annual mowing of your wildflower garden. Set your mower to high and go over the entire area. And that's all you need to do. Unlike other types of gardening where you are buying starts or established plants and putting them in specific places, wildflower gardening comes with a built-in element of adventure. You will sow your seeds just where you want them this year, but Mother Nature may give you some surprises next year when she resows the seeds and comes up with a whole new work of living art for your enjoyment!