How to Care for Bachelor's Button

Overview

Bachelor buttons are fragile and their beauty is fleeting, lasting only one summer. Fortunately, the long-stemmed beauties work well not only as cut flowers, but can be dried for use in flower arrangements or wreaths. Bachelor buttons are perfect in the home garden or as part of a wildflower garden. They require very little care and will bloom all summer long.

Step 1

Mulch tender bachelor button seedlings as soon as they reach approximately 4 inches. Use organic material such as wood chips, peat moss or dried grass clippings.

Step 2

Feed bachelor buttons in early summer, and they will be strong enough to survive the coming heat. Use a weak mixture of liquid fertilizer diluted half with water. It can be sprayed on the soil or directly on the leaves.

Step 3

Water bachelor buttons, as needed. They are drought resistant, but may need occasional watering, especially during the hottest part of summer.

Step 4

Cut blooms for use in flower arrangements to keep the bachelor buttons blooming all season long. Remove spent bachelor button blossoms.

Step 5

Stake tall bachelor buttons if they begin to lean. Some types of bachelor buttons can grow to nearly 3 feet.

Step 6

Dry bachelor buttons before the first frost. Clip the stems and tie them into small bunches with rubber bands. Hang them in a dry, well-ventilated area. Any bachelor buttons left in the garden will die with the coming of winter, although it may reseed itself in warmer climates. Pull the dead plants and toss them in the compost pile.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood chips, peat moss or dried grass clippings
  • Liquid fertilizer

References

  • Bachelor Buttons
  • Centaurea Cyanus (Bachelor's Buttons, Bluebottle, Cornflower)
Keywords: bachelor buttons, dried flowers, wildflower

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a longtime writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the "East-Oregonian Newspaper" and "See Jane Run" magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.