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GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFO: Hardy Annual, Perennial in Zones 9, 10/Spacing 12"
SEED CODE: C
SEEDS PER PACKET: 80
APPROXIMATE GERMINATION DAYS: 7-14
SOIL TEMPERATURE FOR GERMINATION: 70F
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8"
WHEN TO PLANT: Early Spring and Fall
PACKET INSTRUCTIONS: Start seed in flats or pots. Transplant 8" apart to an area with full sun/partial shade and regular garden soil. Or scatter seed on well-prepared soil and cover lightly with sand, soil or potting mix. Cornflower grows quickly and easily from spring and fall sowings. It prefers cool weather, but will take heat if it has adequate moisture. For continuous flowers repeat sowings at regular intervals. This hardy annual will grow to a height of 30". Picking flowers will result in more blooms.
BOTANICAL NAME: Centaurea cyanus
DESCRIPTION: A bed of bachelor's buttons and poppies is like a living impressionist painting. Truest blue of all, on strong upright plants. Quick and easy edible flower at home among vegetables or in problem areas of the yard. Tall stems great for cutting, and don't cast much shade, so they can be scattered among other plants.
For continuous bloom, succession-sow like lettuce (starting in the early spring) and keep picking the flowers. The petals are great cake decoration, garnish, or salad ingredient. Pair with Nasturtium, California Poppy or Calendula for a great spring display.