Amazing color all summer long! Home flower gardeners are growing bachelor buttons (Centaurea cyanus) from seed for their frilly blossoms showing in pale blues, purples, pinks and reds. Also known as cornflowers, these jolly plants provide a splash of color throughout warm summer months. Long silvery stems are perfect for cut flower arrangements and look great behind borders.
For a spectacular effect, plant in combination with red poppies and snapdragons, or mix with day lilies in a border. Self-seeding hardy annual, grows 2-3 feet tall and is perfect for mass plantings. Drought-tolerant and attractive to bees and other pollinators. Performs well in most zones.
Fun Fact: Discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen who died in 1340 B.C. The 1-1/2 inch blossoms were woven into a beautiful wreath and given to the King to aid in the afterlife.
Bachelor Button Seeds
This hardy annual does well in most zones and looks good behind sunny borders.View all
Heirloom flowers will turn your outdoor space into a profusion of color! Planting instructions are included with each seed packet and shipping is FREE!
Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Bachelor Buttons
- Annual that’s easy to plant and care for
- Sow seeds outdoors just before or after the last frost
- Provide full sun, healthy soil and an average amount of water
- Tall plants that benefit from support
- Blooms mid-summer when planted around last frost
- Long-lasting blooms for flower arrangements
Sunlight: Full sun
Maturity: 80-95 days from seed to flower
Height: 12 to 36 inches
Spacing: Plant 6 to 12 inches apart in all directions
Bachelor buttons are not particularly fussy and will tolerate most growing conditions providing they receive plenty of sun. They will do well in average, well-drained soils and do not require large amounts of water. Tall plants tend to sprawl without some support and are easily flattened by wind. Give support by allowing them to grow through a peony ring or select a site in a sheltered location.
How to Plant
Bachelor buttons are easy to sow from seed. Sow outdoors just before the last frost or shortly after. Plant seeds just beneath the surface of the soil. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Add a general purpose organic fertilizer once a month and remove the old flowers to prolong the blooming season. If treated right, they’ll self sow — be sure to mulch starting in the fall to offer organic matter and protection to the new seedlings.
Tip: For a spectacular effect, plant in combination with red poppies and snapdragons, or mixed with day lilies in a border.
Insect & Disease Problems
- Avoid overhead watering whenever possible (use soaker hoses or drip irrigation)
- Properly space plants to improve air circulation
- Apply organic fungicides to prevent further infection
Seed Saving Instructions
Allow flowers to mature and fade on the plant. Seed pods develop at the base of the flower and turn light tan to brown when mature. Remove the pod and allow it to dry for a few days. With your thumb, rub open the end of the pod, and loosened seeds should release freely.
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