Cornflower ‘Blue Boy’
Cornflowers are also known as Bachelor’s Buttons. ‘Something Blue’ is very popular for Weddings and cornflowers stand up well out of water (as the common name suggests).
Blue Boy is a is bright and vivid and the one I choose when sowing straight blues.
Bringing a welcome splash of colour to the garden or allotment, cornflowers are perfect for the beginner.
Blooming over a long period they perfectly compliment other hardy annuals such as Orlaya grandiflora, Sweet Rocket, Ammi Majus and Sweetpeas…
How to Grow:
Sow direct or into individual cells both Autumn and early Spring for extended flowering.
Cold tolerant, easy to grow, a great choice for beginners.
I find it grows best from an early Autumn or very early Spring sowing. For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Cornflower ‘Blue Boy’ (Centaurea cyanus)
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Sow: Spring or Autumn
Germination: Up to 30 days
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds per packet: 200 approx
Cutting /Vase Life:
Cut individual flowers when buds are about half way open.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.