How to Grow Bachelor's Buttons


Over the last few years, much of the focus in my garden has shifted towards growing flowers from seed. While the main reason for this was initially cost, I was so excited to find that there were other rewards, as well. Each year, the profusion of blooms (started from seed) turns my garden into an urban escape - both for me, and for the pollinators!


One of my absolute favorite flowers to grow are bachelor's buttons, also known as cornflower. Compared to other flowers, these beauties come in a somewhat limited range of colors (blue is most common). However, it's likely there's enough choice in variety to suit most landscapes and grower tastes.


The process of growing these plants couldn't be more simple. First, as always, I prepare the planting bed with a high quality compost. Bachelor's button plants don't seem especially particular about their growing conditions in my yard. This also makes them an excellent choice for containers and raised beds. Make sure that the planting location receives ample sunlight, at least six hours, each day. 

After determining the location in which you'd like to plant, now is the time to determine when to plant. Bachelor's buttons are cool season annuals. Cool season annuals are a group of plants that thrive in cooler temperatures. 

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