This true-blue beauty is one of the world’s great wildflowers, creating a carpet of spectacular color mid season. Texas Bluebonnets can be tricky to grow, but with the right conditions and patience, they are undoubtedly worth it. This gorgeous variety prefers sandy, loamy and well-draining soils, as well as at least six hours of sun per day. In warmer areas, Texas Bluebonnets act as perennials, coming back year after year, but in colder areas, act as annuals. All of our Seedles are non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free and guaranteed to grow. Annual.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I really just throw them on the ground?
A: In short, yes.
The optimum planting time depends upon your climate and average rainfall. In areas with colder winters, spring or early summer seeding is best. Spring plantings should be done as soon as the planting area can be worked, but after the last frost. Early summer plantings should only be done if rainfall patterns are anticipated or supplemental irrigation is available.
Q: What are the growing instructions for Texas Bluebonnet seed balls?
A: The Texas Bluebonnet Seedles are a warm mid-season annual. They act as perennials in warmer climates.
Maturity: Approx. 50-65 days
Planting season: Plant the seedles in October & November (early October is best). Lupinus texensis (Texas bluebonnet) are annual plants; that is, they go from seed to flower to seed in one year. They germinate in the fall and grow throughout the winter, and usually bloom around the end of March to the mid-May. After blooming, they dry and release their seeds, ensuring blooms to come again and again.
Q: What are the optimal growing instructions for Blue Flax seed balls?
- Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed.
- Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day (unless you are planting a Partial Shade Mixture).
- Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
- Place Seedles halfway into the soil, so the top half is sticking out of the soil and the bottom half is seated nicely into the soil. Do not bury.
- Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally.
Maturity: Approx. 50-65 days
Planting season: Late spring/summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Soils: sandy soil, loamy soil
Q: How many do I need for my space?
A: Each seed ball contains between 15 and 25 flower seeds depending on the flower variety and their germination rate. Each Seedle can cover up to 1 square foot of space, but for a denser look of flower place 2-3 per square foot. Some of the plants, like nasturtium are shade tolerant and actually fertilize your soil by storing nitrogen near the roots.
Q: How Big Are They?
A: Each Seedle is the size of a nickel, some are slightly smaller, some bigger.
Q: Are these native flowers?
A: Yes. Native to Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Florida. Grown virtually everywhere across the U.S.