Planting Bluebonnet Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Cat Spring, TX
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Question by gadams3
July 10, 1999
Last fall I had some dirt hauled in from a neighboring pasture for the purpose of making a raised flowerbed. To my surprise I had several bluebonnet plants come up in the spring. Needless to say they were fed Miracle-grow and they were beautiful. After they died back I colleced the dried seed pods. I'l like to plant these seeds along the ditch in front of my house. I was planning to just scatter the seeds along the area. We have had quite a bit of rain lately, so would it be okay to spread the seeds now. When should I plant these seeds in order for the plants to flower again next spring.

Answer from NGA
July 10, 1999
Bluebonnet, or Lupine, can be an annual or perennial, depending upon species. The seeds need a pre-germination treatment and the plants will flower two months after emerging. Chip the seeds or soak them in warm water overnight before sowing them. Prepare the soil by raking it smooth, then plant the seeds 1/8" deep. Seedlings should emerge in 14-60 days when kept at temperatures of 55F-65F. You can sow the seeds outdoors now, or wait until 6 weeks before the last frost of the season and start them indoors for planting out after the last frost.

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