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How to Grow Texas Bluebonnet Flowers
Annual, Lupinus subcarnosus, Lupinus Texensis
Texas Bluebonnet is the Texas state flowers. It is an easy to grow, colorful, hardy annual. They are members of the Lupine family, and native to Texas.
Texas Bluebonnet plants are a common wildflower. They are often found growing along roadsides, and in fields. The plants grow 12" - 24", and bloom in the spring, atop lacy, sage green foliage. Flowers bloom on spikes and are dark blue, with the florets on the top turning to white. While we all think of Bluebonnets as blue, there are pink and white varieties.
Texas Bluebonnets make great wildflowers for fields. They also do well in your flower gardens, or as container plants.
Did you Know? Buffalo Clover is another name for Texas Bluebonnet.
Texas Bluebonnet are grown from seed. Germination can be difficult, and seeds may not sprout at the same time. Sow Texas Bluebonnet seeds 1/8" to 1/4" deep. For large, mass plantings, rake lightly into the soil. We recommend starting them using a heated Germination mat.
The seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or started indoors for transplanting later. In Texas, they are planted in late fall, and over-wintered. In more northerly, areas they are best started indoors, or outdoors after the last frost date.
How to Grow Texas Bluebonnet Plants:
Texas Bluebonnet plants like full to partial sun. They will do well in gravelly, well drained soils. They do not like heavy, clay soils that retain a lot of moisture.
The plants prefer dry soil conditions. There is no need to water this hardy plant.
Adding a general purpose fertilizer once or twice during the season will help to promote maximum growth and bloom. We recommend one fertilizer feeding a couple weeks prior to blooming.
Texas Bluebonnet plants grow well little, or no attention. Established plants thrive all season long. All you need to do, is enjoy the sea of blue spring blooms atop your Texas Bluebonnet.
Insect and Disease:
Texas Bluebonnet are a favorite plant of pillbugs and sowbugs in Texas. In other areas, nocturnal slugs, snails, and other pests may be a problem.
Disease problems are not too common. Use a fungicide, only if a problem occurs.
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