115 Seeds| Cornflower Black (Centaurea Cyanus) Seeds#6022 Sale
Easy-to-grow from seeds, this tall annual makes a great addition to the summer border. The color is a deep, rich claret which is as close to black as possible. Centaurea Cyanus Black Ball certainly adds drama! Cornflowers are especially nice in traditional cottage gardens, and they make an excellent cut flower. Also known as Bachelor's Button Black Ball, these flowers are native to much of the United States. Bachelor's Button plants prefer full sun in mild climates and partial shade in the hottest regions. They tolerate a wide variety of soils as long as it drains well. Centaurea Cyanus performs the best in mild climates with moderate water, but the plants can tolerate drought. Cornflowers are very attractive to both bees and butterflies, but fortunately deer leave the plants alone. The dried flowers are used to make medicines.
Here's a guide on how to grow Cornflower Black from seeds:
1. Seed Selection:
2. Planting Time:
Sow Cornflower Black seeds directly in the garden after the last frost date in the spring.
Cornflowers are adaptable and can also be sown in the fall for early spring blooms.
3. Soil Preparation:
Cornflowers prefer well-draining soil with a slightly alkaline to neutral pH.
Work in organic matter, such as compost, to improve soil fertility.
4. Sowing Seeds:
Scatter the seeds over the prepared soil surface. Press them lightly into the soil or cover them with a thin layer of soil.
Cornflower seeds are relatively small, so avoid planting them too deep.
Cornflowers thrive in full sun. Ensure they receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Keep the soil consistently moist until the seeds germinate.
Once the plants are established, Cornflowers are relatively drought-tolerant, and they prefer slightly drier conditions.
7. Thin Seedlings:
When the seedlings are a few inches tall, thin them to provide adequate space for each plant to grow.
Cornflowers typically need spacing of about 12 to 18 inches apart.
Cornflowers are cool-season flowers and can tolerate light frosts. They may struggle in extreme heat, so they are often grown as annuals in warmer climates.
Cornflowers are not heavy feeders. A light application of a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer at planting time is usually sufficient.
Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding if you want to control their spread.
11. Companion Planting:
Cornflowers attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, making them beneficial companions for vegetable gardens.
12. Container Gardening:
Cornflowers can be grown in containers. Ensure the containers have good drainage and use a well-draining potting mix.
13. Harvesting Seeds:
Allow some flowers to go to seed if you want to collect seeds for the next season.
Harvest the seeds when the flower heads have dried, usually toward the end of the growing season.
Growing Cornflower Black is a rewarding experience, and these attractive flowers can be a charming addition to your garden. Enjoy their colorful blooms and the ease with which they can be grown from seeds.