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Growing Bachelor's Buttons: A Comprehensive Guide to Cultivating

Bachelor's buttons, also known as cornflowers, are beautiful and easy-to-grow annual flowers that will add a pop of color to any garden. Their bright blue, pink, and purple blooms make them a popular choice for cut flower arrangements. In this article, we'll offer advice for sowing, planting, and caring for bachelor's buttons.

Choose a location

Bachelor's buttons prefer full sun, but they will tolerate partial shade. They grow best in well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0

Sowing and Planting Bachelor's Buttons:

Bachelor's buttons can be sown directly in the garden in the spring or fall. They prefer full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. When sowing, scatter the seeds over the soil and lightly rake them in. Keep the soil moist until the seedlings emerge.

If you choose to start your bachelor's buttons indoors, it's important to note that they don't like to be transplanted. Use biodegradable pots or plantable seed starters to avoid disturbing the roots when it's time to plant in the garden.

When planting, space the seedlings about 12 to 18 inches apart to give them room to grow. Be sure to water them regularly, especially during hot and dry weather.

Caring for Bachelor's Buttons:

Bachelor's buttons are low-maintenance flowers that require very little care. However, deadheading (removing spent flowers) will encourage more blooms to form. If you want to save the seeds for next year's garden, leave a few flowers on the plant until they dry out and turn brown. Then, collect the seeds and store them in a cool, dry place.


Bachelor's buttons are great cut flowers and will last up to a week in a vase. Harvest them when the buds are just beginning to open, and immediately put them in water.

Bachelor's buttons attract bees and butterflies to the garden, making them a great choice for pollinator gardens. To prolong their vase life, cut the stems in the morning when the flowers are fully open, and change the water in the vase every day.

Pests and Diseases

Bachelor's buttons are relatively pest and disease-free. However, they can be susceptible to powdery mildew if they are grown in humid conditions. To prevent this, avoid overhead watering and ensure good air circulation around the plants

In conclusion, growing bachelor's buttons is an easy and rewarding experience. With a little care and attention, these lovely flowers will provide a stunning display in your garden and make a beautiful addition to your cut flower arrangements!


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