A loose and airy plant, more so than the traditional Bachelor's Buttons, Montanas blooms are the first to appear in late spring or early summer, and are hardy over a wide range of conditions. One could say it has spidery flowerheads with blooms that are 3 inches across, they are utterly distinctive, with very large centers of maroon-purple so deep it looks nearly black, surrounded by long, thin, sparsely-set petals of rich blue. Slightly twisted so that no two blooms look just alike, the outer petals give these flowers a wind swept look that is attention-getting. Plant height of 12-24 inches.Zones 3-8. This cornflower attracts butterflies like magents.
Tips on Growing Montana Blue Cornflower From Seed
Fill individual peat pots, seed-starting flats or cells, with a commercial seed-starting mix. Moisten the mix and let it drain.
Cover the containers with clear plastic to keep the mix moist while the seeds are germinating and place in a warm location 60 to 70°F. Germination of perennial cornflowers takes 3 to 4 weeks.
|When the seedlings emerge, remove the plastic covers and put the pots in a sunny location or under grow-lights. Water as needed to keep the mix moist not soggy.|
|When seedlings are about 2in tall and have at least one pair of true leaves, snip off all but the strongest plant in each pot at soil level. (The first set of leaves is known as cotyledon leaves—they usually do not resemble the true leaf shapes of the plants). Fertilize the seedlings once while they are growing indoors with a weak water-soluble fertilizer.|
Transplant on a calm, cloudy day, so the plants can begin to get acclimatised before having to contend with sun and wind. Plant in full or partial sun in any average soil. Give them room to spread, space about 24 inches.