Cut and dried, strawflowers bring you joy for years, retaining their color & shape with astonishing grace. For the longest-lasting strawflowers, harvest young blossoms when they are only 20% open. Strawflowers continue to open after harvest and if you harvest when they’re more open, they’ll dry into their less vivid seed-setting stage. Dry them in a warm place out of the direct sun, most of their leaves removed and upside down for straight stems before tucking them into inkwells, old mason jars, garlic braids and wreaths. 50 seeds.
Transplant Only: Sow indoors ~6 weeks before final frost, 2 seeds per cell barely covered with soil (light is required for germination). Mist to avoid covering seeds with displaced soil. Thin to 1 & transplant after danger of frost, 12” between plants. Harvest increases yield. Cut when 2-3 layers of petals have unfurled for greatest longevity.
Sowing Date: After frost; Late May – early June
Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
Days to Germination: 7-10 days at 70-75 F
Days to Maturity: 75-85
Plant spacing after thinning: 6 inches
Height: 36 inches