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Flax, Blue Wildflower Seeds are a perennial flower that will bloom the second year when grown from wildflower seeds. Produces a little pastel blue flower that is maybe 1/2 inch to 1 inch across. Each bloom will only last one day, however when that one bloom ends, a new one will appear to take its place. Prefers full sun and loose dry soil. Buds bloom successively over the weeks, opening in the early mornings just before dawn. Unless the day is overcast, the fully open flowers drop their petals by midday. A new round of bloom follows each day through to mid-summer. Because these Linum Perenne plants produce a profusion of buds, there are always plenty of flowers during its bloom season. Blue Flax will also drop its wild flower seed to reseed itself the following spring. Blue Flax wild flowers do best on well-drained soils. They have excellent cold winter and drought tolerance. Sowing Blue Flax seeds, the best results are obtained from seeding in late fall to very early spring. Late summer (August - mid September) seeding is not recommended. Dormant fall seedings (preferred seeding period for flax) will pre-chill the Linum Perenne seeds and reduce seed dormancy which may be present. Blue Flax seedling vigor is good, but not as good as most grasses. You may get nice blooms the first growing season, but full bloom onset should not be expected until the second year when planting Blue Flax wild flower seed. Height of 12-24 inches can be expected in perfect growing conditions. Seed depth for sowing seeds should not exceed 1/8 inch- only press seed into soil with your fingers, do not bury. Wild flower seed plants are usually found in open areas, but will tolerate semi-shaded conditions. They are fire resistant due to leaves and stems staying green with relatively high moisture content during most of the fire season.
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!