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Cornflower 'Blue Ball' Seeds | Centaurea Cyanus| By Mr Fothergills

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Cornflower "Blue Ball" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's

The centaurea cyanus Cornflower "Blue Ball" seeds produce masses of beautiful cornflower blue flowers. These long-stemmed flowers are perfect for borders and rural gardens, and will attract butterflies, bees, and other wildlife. The Blue Ball also makes a great cut flower; the blooms can also be dried if desired. These hardy annuals are easy to grow and flower in the same year as sowing, making them ideal for new gardeners.

  • Beautiful Flowers
  • Easy To Grow
  • Perfect For Borders
  • Attracts Bees & Butterflies
  • No.Seeds Per Pack:  250
  • Sow Indoors:  March - May
  • Sow Outdoors:  August - October
  • Location:  Partial Shade
  • Flowering Time:  June - October
  • Hardiness:  Hardy Annual

Seeds Jargon

  • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
  • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
  • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity
  • Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

    As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

    Annual, Biennial and Perennial

    Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

    Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

    Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

    We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

    Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

    Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost..
About your plant

Our perennials and alpines are lovingly grown by our trusted nursery, based in England. Once ready, each flourishing plant will be dispatched directly to your home.

Packaging

Sustainability is one of our priorities, and as such, our perennials and alpines are delivered in environmentally friendly packaging. Aside from being recyclable, they will additionally keep them nice and secure on their journey.
How your order will arrive
Please see our below guidance on your perennial or alpine's care:

  • Watering: During your perennial or alpine's first growing season, you should provide them with frequent waterings. Try to also avoid wetting the foliage to reduce the risk of disease.
  • Deadheading: To promote a long flowering period, you should deadhead any flowers that appear spent. Simply rescind each flower at their base, taking care to not cut other parts of the plant.
  • Dividing: To really flourish, your perennials can be divided every three to four years. They can be divided when they begin to show less flowers, or appear less healthy in the middle. Make sure to only do so when they aren't currently flowering.

    • Hardiness: these flowers are hardy annuals and have good frost resistance.
    • Planting In Pots: suitable for planting in pots.
    • Position: plant in partial shade for best results.
    • Soil Types: plant in finely prepared soil which has been watered for optimal growth
    • Germination Requirements: temperature must be at least 10°C, protect from heavy frosts.
    • Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow 2-3 seeds 1cm deep 2cm apart. Label your seeds, noting planting date and variety/species.
    • Planting Distance (Ground): sow 2-3 seeds 1cm deep 5-8cm apart. Ensure rows are 15-30cm apart.
    • Soil Preparation: remove any stones from the soil and dig in some fertilizer.
    • Thinning: thin seedlings as required for development.
    • Pest Control: use a pesticide spray to protect from pests.
    • Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly in dry weather.
    More Information
    Deciduous Or Evergreen Deciduous
    Flower Colour Blue
    Flowering Month June
    Is Collection/Mix? No
    Needs Ericaceous Compost? No
    Type Cornflower
    Sow Outdoors Month March, April, May, August, September, October
    Type Seeds
    Latin Name Cornflower
    Sale Category Seeds

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