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How to Grow Strawflower Plants

Annual, Helichrysum Bracteatum

In their native Australia, Strawflowers are wildflowers. Here in America, gardeners love the large, showy flowers in their home flower garden. Crafters love the everlasting quality of Strawflowers. And, perhaps best of all, these easy to grow flowers are tolerant of heat, drought, and poor soil conditions. How can you beat that!?

Strawflowers grow two to three feet tall. Dwarf varieties grow just 18" - 20" tall.  Daisy-like flowers are 2-3 inches in diameter Colors include in yellow, orange, red, rose, white, and pink. Flowers bloom from mid summer,  right up to frost.

"Everlasting" Strawflowers are one f the best flowers for dried, winter bouquets.

Plant Propagation:

Strawflower are grown from seed. They can be directly seeded into your flower garden. Sow Strawflower seeds just a few days before the last frost date for your area.

Or, start seedlings indoors for transplanting later.

How to Grow Strawflowers:

Strawflower plants are easy to grow. They prefer full sun. They will do well in poor to average soils, and tolerate heat and drought conditions. In poor soil, mix in plenty of compost prior to planting.

Sow Strawflower seeds, covering them lightly with soil. Space seeds or seedlings 18" apart to give these big plants ample room to grow.

Add a general purpose fertilizer once a month for maximum plant growth, and to promote big blooms.

Water only during long dry periods.

Established Strawflower plants grow well with little or no attention. Flowers bloom from mid-summer right up to frost. They can survive light frosts.

Drying:

Cut Strawflowers just before full bloom. Hang upside down to dry in a dry, well ventilated area.

Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Apply insecticides or fungicides only as needed.






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