How to Plant Bluebonnet Seeds

Overview

Bluebonnets are a small blue wildflower mainly used as a ground cover. Even though the name says blue, the flowers also come in lavender, pink and maroon. The seed from the bluebonnet plant are tiny pea-like very hard kernels. They are so hard that they may not germinate for 2 to 3 years. This was nature's way of protecting the seed from long droughts. Although the flowers are annuals, bluebonnets seed pods will explode in the fall and distribute more seed, ensuring flowers for years to come.

Planting a Flower Bed

Step 1

Seeding should be done in full sun to partial afternoon shade. Plan planting for early to mid fall.

Step 2

Dig a flower bed by first taking off the top layer of turf grass and turning the soil over with a shovel. Place 2 inches of compost on top of the soil and mix into the soil. Rake the soil so it is level.

Step 3

Dampen the soil before seeding. Spread eight to 10 seeds per square foot of a flower bed.

Step 4

Cover with no more than 1/4 inch of soil. This will keep the sun from cooking the seed and the birds from eating it.

Step 5

Water thoroughly but lightly so the seed is not washed away. Water lightly every three days for three weeks. Growth will begin but the flowers will not bloom until the following spring.

Planting Among Lawn Turf

Step 1

Choose a sunny area of the lawn and mow the grass down very low. Remove as much thatch as possible. Rake the soil to scratch the surface in one direction.

Step 2

Water the lawn to moisten the soil. Broadcast the seed by hand to a ratio of an once of seed per 135 square feet.

Step 3

Walk over the seeded lawn to create contact between the seed and the soil. The seed will not germinate without soil contact. Rake in the other direction to cover seed with 1/4 inch of soil to protect it from birds.

Step 4

Water thoroughly after seeding and every 3 days thereafter for 3 weeks, if there is no rain. Seed will start to sprout but will not produce flowers until the following spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Bluebonnet seed
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Compost

References

  • Texas Department of Transportation: Planting Bluebonnets
  • Southwest Fertilizer: Bluebonnets Gone Wild
  • Texas A & M University: Bluebonnets
Keywords: planting bluebonnet seeds, growing wildflowers, seeding bluebonnet flowers

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