W - Edible Flower Seedles
Homegrown Taste Explosion
Edible Flowers are a double delight. Not only do these add beautiful bee food to your backyard, you can also pick them to add an explosion of color and taste to salads, desserts, and appetizers.
Fragrant, colorful and flavorful addition to the garden, the Edible Flower Mixture includes: Borage, with a cucumber-like flavor; Cilantro, with its tangy, fresh flavor and aroma; Nasturtium, whose bright yellow, orange and red blooms have a spicy, pepper-like flavor; Calendula, which has a yellow-orange flower and a mild, peppery flavor; Cornflower, with its bright blue flower and mild taste; Dianthus Wee Willie, a tiny pink flower with a clove-like flavor; onion-flavored Chives; Lemon Mint, which has a strong mint flavor; Pansy and Johnny Jump-Up, both with brightly colored flowers with a mild, slightly sweet flavor; licorice-flavored Lavender Hyssop; and English Daisy, also a lovely flower with a sweet, mild flavor.
Each Edible Flower Seedle contains 5-10 different seeds all from the edible flowers varieties above. Each pack contains 20 Edible Flower Seedles. We recommend planting them about one per square foot for a meadow look.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are these native flowers?
A: No. These are edible flowers that also will provide a nectar and pollen source for honey and native bees. None of these flowers are known to be invasive, however some pruning may need to be done to keep plants like Borage and Lemon mint from spreading.
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 Edible Flower Seed balls?
A: The Edible Flowers are a warm season annual.
Maturity: Approx. 50 days
Planting season: Late spring/summer
Edible flower varieties like a rich, well draining soil, with ample water and plenty of sunshine. Don't worry though, they are hardy and will tolerate poor soil conditions and some drought once established. Work a shovelful or two of well-aged manure or organic compost into the soil prior to planting to improve soil conditions and help promote abundant blooms. Then plant seed balls half-way into the soil with spacing as indicated above. Water daily until they are 4-6" tall, unless rains will provide ample water (such as in the spring or fall).
Q: How many do I need for my space?
A: Each Edible Flower Seedle contains between 5 and 10 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.
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