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How to Grow Bachelor Button Flowers


Here's a flower with three names. The most common name is Bachelor Buttons. They are also known as Cornflower. And, to a few, they are known as the "Boutonniere" flower. Years ago, it was stylish to place these small, one inch flowers in button holes of suits.

Bachelor Button colors include blue, pink, lavender, red, white, maroon, and rose.

Bachelor Buttons grow to a height of 1 to 3 feet. Flowers bloom on thin stems. Today, Bachelor Buttons remain a popular flower. They look good in fresh flower arrangements, or as dried flowers.


Bachelor Button are grown from seed. Direct seed them into your flower garden. Bachelor Buttons are hardy annuals. You can plant them early in the spring.

How to Grow Bachelor Buttons:

Grow Bachelor Buttons in full sun to partial shade. They do well in average soils, and tolerate dry soil conditions. Soil should drain well.

These fast growing plants germinate in about 10-15 day. The first blooms appear about 45-50 days after they sprout.

Final spacing of plants should be about 18" apart. The plants tolerate some crowding.

Add a general purpose fertilizer once a month.

Once your Bachelor Buttons plants are established, they will produce a burst of flowers, then slowdown their production. Flowers will continue at a slow, regular pace, even after a light frost.

Insect and Disease:

Bachelor Buttons normally have few insect problems. Blights and plant mildew can occur in wet weather. Treat any problems early insecticides,  repellents, or fungicide as appropriate.

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