Linum grandiflorum rubrum
Scarlet flax wildflowers are hardy annual flowering herbs. Also, a tender perennial, depending on your zone. This attractive flower has five scarlet petals and stamens that are covered in blue pollen. Each flower lasts only for a few hours, but continues to bloom throughout the day. Scarlet flax wildflowers grow from 1 to 2 feet and last about four to six weeks,between the months of April and September.
Once established this variety can tolerate immense heat and extremely dry conditions though it will need watering at the height of summer. Seedlings need moderate watering to get started, although spring rainfalls are usually sufficient. Scarlet Flax flowers are glossy, deep scarlet red, and they bloom in profusion and are best admired if planted densely. Linum Rubrum Scarlet Flax prefers full sun in well-drained soils. It often re-seeds and will be back the next spring! USDA Zones 5-9
|Tips on How to Grow Flax from Seeds|
Pull any weeds and grass out of the planting area by hand or use a shovel for heavy sod coverage. Loosen the soil to the depth of 6 inches with a garden hoe or spading fork. Rake the prepared soil smooth and level.
Sow Flax seeds : Lay the seeds on top of the soil so that they are 3 to 6 inches apart. If creating rows, space the rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Do not press the seeds into the soil. Sprinkle the seeds with 1/8 inch of sand but do not cover. Flax seeds need light to germinate,
Spray nozzle of the hose to mist and moisten the seed bed. Keep the area moist while the seed are germinating. This takes about two to three weeks for most of the seeds to sprout. Seeds that do not sprout this year might come up next year.
Germinate at 65-75°F will take 20-25 days.
Soil for planting flax should be poor and barren. Sand, clay and rocky soil all contribute to best growth of this plant. Soil that is too rich or organic may cause the plant to flop or die altogether as it is overtaken by other plantings that like rich, organic soil.
Thin the flax seedlings to one plant every 6 to 10 inches apart. Scoop the seedling out of the soil with a tablespoon and move to a new area or discard the small plant. Once this perennial gets larger, it does not transplant very well.