From Seed to Flower

It never ceases to amaze me the humble beginnings of my favorite blue, flowering annual…

When planted, these seeds will grow into beautiful, Bachelor’s Button (Centaurea cyanus).

Every year, I grow Bachelor’s Button in my garden and then collect the seeds as the flowers begin to dry and store them for next year’s garden.  All you need to do to collect the seeds is to pull out the petals of the flowers once they have dried.  The seeds are found at the base of the dried petals.  Store the seeds in a dry container.

I also let some of the seeds fall into the garden so that they come up again in the spring.

Bachelor’s Button makes great cut flowers.

I love the color blue and it can be hard to find flowers in that color, so Bachelor’s Button is a must for my garden.  Because they come up easy from seed – anyone can grow them.

This beautiful. blue flowering annual makes a great companion plant for the vegetable garden.  The blue flowers attract pollinators to the garden, which can help to pollinate your tomatoes, squash, melons, cucumbers and more.

Bachelor’s Button also attract beneficial insects to the vegetable garden that will eat ‘bad’ bugs like scale and thrips.

Whether you plant this blue-flowered annual in a perennial bed or in the vegetable garden – it all starts with a few seeds…

How about you?

Do you grow Bachelor’s Button?

What other types of flowers do you grow from seed?

For more beautiful flowers you can grow in your garden, check out the article “Flowers for a Cutting Garden”.

  1. Andrea Stephens says

    I have marigolds and zinnias that I have had for 4-5 years. Each fall I gather the seeds and store them over the winter to replant next spring. And I bought them at the Dollar Store 2/$1.00. How great is that?

  2. says

    Thanks for the tip about adding this small flowering annual to the veggie garden. I too love the color blue and wondered how to add it to my flower gardens. Now I know. Thanks!

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