Wait until you discover the magic of strawflowers. Learn how easy it is to grow them with these simple tips.
TimingChoose your method. In warm climates (zone 7+), sow seeds directly outdoors when soil temp reaches 65-70°F (18-21°C). Cooler climates (zone 6 and below), start seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before last frost. Check your seed packet for indoor sowing instructions.
LocationPlant in full sun with well-drained soil. Amend heavy soils with compost or sandy grit for drainage.
SeedsSow seeds by sprinkling the tiny seeds on damp soil surface, press gently (they need light to germinate). Lightly cover with vermiculite.
Transplanting (if starting indoors) Harden off seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions for about two weeks before planting outdoors.
Watering and FertilizingWater deeply when soil feels dry about an inch down. Strawflowers are drought-tolerant once established, but consistent watering promotes blooming. Light feeding with a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks is beneficial.
DeadheadingRegularly remove spent blooms to encourage more flowering. You can cut blooms for drying at any stage of openness.
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