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Tall Blend Bachelor's Button Seeds

Heirloom

3.5714285714286 out of 5 stars
(7 reviews)
Bachelor's button, also known as "cornflower", is drought tolerant and needs little pampering. Flowers are great for cutting or drying and the edible petals are beautiful sprinkled on a salad. Bachelor's button will "naturalize"; it self-sows for another crop of flowers the following season, and birds love the seed heads! Attracts pollinators and beneficial insects.

Botanical Name: Centaurea cyanus

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Europe and Asia

Hardiness: Annual

Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall, 12" wide

Variety Information: ½"–1" wide, purple, light blue, pink, and white flowers

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, or in late summer/fall for blooms the following season. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for winter bloom.

When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Not recommended; does not transplant well. Use biodegradable pots to avoid root disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 7–14 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"–10"

Thinning: When 1"–2" tall, thin to 1 every 8"–10"

Special Care: For optimum germination, chill seed in the refrigerator for 5 days before sowing.

Harvesting: For longest vase life harvest in the morning and choose buds that are about half open.

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Tall Blend Bachelor's Button Seeds Reviews

7 reviews

Not as vibrant as the packet drawing but pretty

4 out of 5 stars Jun 25, 2021
These are supposed to be a mix of "purple, light blue, pink, and white flowers". I guess there are purple and blue if you look very closely, but it they are nearly the same color. Of about 20 plants most were blue/purple and I got one light pink and one that's very light pink- maybe that's "white"? No bright pink like in the drawing. Great germination. Mine are planted in a container and do need to be watered pretty frequently or they droop, but they come back nicely and aren't damaged if I miss a watering. Mine about about 24" tall and need some support like the packet mentioned, but probably wouldn't need any if they weren't in such a windy spot.
Laura from IL
Owner Response: Dear Laura, Thank you for reaching out with your opinion. Our blends are field harvested and mixed by the growers so we cannot determine, or guarantee, an even distribution of the flower color.

Fun flower

5 out of 5 stars Jul 5, 2021
These are finally blooming after I put them in a leftover tomato cage and some bamboo stakes. They are very floppy otherwise. I also planted them in an area that was more shady than I expected so that might also be why they took awhile to bloom. So far I've had various blues and purples and a couple of white ones with blue centers. I think some pink ones are coming, but can't tell quite yet. I've enjoyed watching the various colors appear.
Stacey from CA

Great colors!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 5, 2021
I accidentally spilled something waxy on the seed packet that coated the seeds. Thinking they were no longer viable I tossed them into the garden with no expectations. Come Spring I had a glorious riot of pinks, lavenders, and blue flowers in a mass. I definitely want to add more.
Pamela from CA

Sent as gift

2 out of 5 stars Sep 24, 2021
Aloha, unfortunately these did not work very well, either. They were also ordered with the Butterfly mix and the Bachelor buttons. Not good in the North Texas area. Your service was awesome. Hello to Broomfield, Colorado.
Kate from HI

Bachelor Buttons

3 out of 5 stars Nov 17, 2021
Weather here made life difficult for these.
Caroline from IA

Really loved the white-pinkish one

5 out of 5 stars Jan 17, 2022
These did well in my dirt patch by my front door. Loved the different colors and the bees appreciated them. (Probably shouldn't have planted them by my front door as they did NOT appreciate me). I even saw a green-backed bee for the first time in my life. I have a new pack to plant this year (but a bit further from the door!)
Are from CA

did not grow well

1 out of 5 stars Jan 24, 2022
For some reason the bachelor button seeds from this company did not grow as expected in my garden. I have had good success with growing full and plentiful Bachelor Button seeds before from other companies. Last summer I tried another company because I thought it was a good idea to mix up the type of seed I grew from year to year. I guess I will be keeping with a more successful variety.
Ruth from NY
Owner Response: Thank you for your feedback. Judging by your reviews you had difficulty growing a few things and we want you to know we are always happy to help troubleshoot growing issues. It sounds as though the seeds performed well by germinating. Once germinated, plants rely on environmental conditions (soil nutrients, sun, water, temperature...) to create enough food using photosynthesis to grow well. It may be worth doing a soil test to see how conditions can be improved. As a reminder, these plants perform best in full sun (6 or more hours). We sure help these tips help with your future success. Happy gardening!

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