Though the classic Bachelorís
Button (also called cornflower) is true blue, the flower comes in a variety of
colors, including pastel pink, white, and near black. Depending on the variety,
blooms reach from 1 to 3 feet tall. This carefree beauty is easy to grow from
seed, and makes a colorful addition to meadows and cottage gardens alike.
Butterflies and other pollinators love them.
2. Plant. Sow Bachelorís Button seeds directly in the garden in spring, about 4 inches apart; cover seeds with ľ to Ĺ inch of soil and press gently.
3. Grow. Water the soil to keep it moist for 7-10 days, until seeds germinate. Once seedlings are a few inches tall, thin them by removing extra plants so the remaining ones are about 6 to 12 inches apart. Pull weeds that sprout nearby, and apply organic mulch, such as bark chips, to control weeds and conserve soil moisture. Plants are drought tolerant, and have a tendency to flop with too much moisture, so donít overwater. If you are growing a tall variety, position a few 2- to 3-foot stakes in the ground when the plants are about a foot tall; tie twine between stakes as the plants grow for light support..
Enjoy the carefree nature of Bachelor Buttons in the garden, and also cut the
blooms frequently for indoor arrangements, as this will keep the plants
blooming. Collect blooms in the morning when they are still half open. Preserve
flowers for later use by hanging them upside down in a low-light, airy location.
AT A GLANCE
Exposure: Full sun
Planting time: 1 to 2 weeks before the final frost, or in fall where winters are mild
Planting depth: 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep
Spacing in row: Sow 4 inches apart; thin to 6 to 12 inches apart
Time to flower: 50 to 60 days from seed.
Bachelor's Buttons make excellent cut and dried flowers