Utrecht Blue Wheat Seeds

Organic, Heirloom

#2031
Availability: Out of Stock

A Dutch heirloom grown in the area of Utrecht, Netherlands in the early 1900s with superior blue color and long black awns (bristles). Beautiful seed heads gracefully bow when they are ready for harvest. Its durability, long stems, and beautiful color are a weaver's dream. So many uses from flower arrangements, to baskets, and all kinds of crafts.

$1.99 5 grams
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Botanical Name: Triticum sp.

Family: Poaceae

Native: Origin unknown due to being in cultivation so long

Hardiness: Annual

Plant Dimensions: 3'–5' tall, and 4"–6" wide

Variety Information: 3", steel blue seed heads with long black awns at maturity

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Blooms summer to frost

Attributes: Cut Flower

When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended.

Days to Emerge: 5–12 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: 1–2 seeds every 2"

Thinning: Not necessary

Harvesting: When seed heads are steel blue, hard, and bowing, harvest by cutting stems at ground level. Hang bunches upside-down in a dry area, out of direct sun for a few days or until ready to use.

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Utrecht Blue Wheat Seeds Reviews

8 reviews
Utrecht Blue Wheat
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I grew this for the very first time. I am very pleased with it. It has beautiful color that will look great in Fall decorations. I just cut the stalks today to let dry further in a dry place. I will grow again next year
Susan Eckard

Didn't sprout
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Nothing came up.
Hailey Hipschen
Owner Response: Hi Hailey, Thank you for letting us know about your experience. We are sorry it wasn't positive. Our seeds are tested regularly by an independent laboratory regularly to ensure the germination rates exceed government standards. We do guarantee our seeds and will be contacting you shortly.

Never saw any blue
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This grew fairly well for me (until the summer rain came), and I'm not sure if it never got blue because I picked it too early, but it never looked blue to me. I did make a nice little bundle of it and dried it out for a decoration. It looks good. Not blue though.
Heather Brook
Owner Response: Hi Heather, thanks for the feedback. As an unrefined heirloom, the blueness does vary a bit, but it shows best if plants are completely dry. Some signs that plants are dry is to look for seed heads to be nodding and snap the lower part of the stem. It sounds like your weather may have played a part in preventing them from drying too.

Never turned blue
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I had this wheat growing in full sun and it was very pretty, but it never turned blue. I left it growing all fall and it dried well and had the drooping heads, but there was no sign of a blue color. I'm wondering if I added some acidity, similar to using an acid fertilizer to turn hydrangeas blue, if that would have helped. I'd like to try growing it again if I could figure out how to get some color.
Bonnie Davis
Owner Response: Hi Bonnie, thanks for the feedback. We have seen some variability in the color on this unrefined heirloom. I so sorry you didn't see the beautiful steely blue others have. These types of grains are rarely grown and we haven't found any research indicating a soil condition what would encourage more blue color. I will contact our grower though and update you if she has any tips.

Blue Wheat
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Received seeds as gift. Grew in a gorgeous orange tall outdoor pot. Full of lovely wheat that totally turned spectacular blue!!!
Sam

Just Beautiful
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Just clipped a few of these beautiful blue wheat stalks for a centerpiece. They dry nicely and the color is so unusual. The wheat grass grows about 4 feet and sways beautifully in the breeze. They are mesmerizing and everyone comments on them. A real winner in your flower garden.
Jean Dempsey

Don't Wait Too Long To Harvest
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The problem with a small gardener waiting too long for wheat seeds to dry on the plant is that they eventually fall off. This has happened to me. Harvest them and let them dry indoors on paper towels or newspaper & shift them around every couple of days at first.
Robin

Utrecht Blue wheat
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I'm growing it in a maroon ceramic container and it's so graceful. No sign of blue coloring yet but even so, it's lovely. Question: is this a hybrid or will it come true if I plant some of this year's seeds next year?
Roxanne
Owner Response: Roxanne, This wheat is an open-pollinated heirloom and not a hybrid, so you can safely save the seed. Happy growing!