As I was pulling nutgrass out the other day, I noticed a new little bluebonnet plant. That reminded me that this is the time of the year to get my bluebonnet seed planted. If you want to know how to grow bluebonnets, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has some good info. Here in Harlingen, I could always find bulk seed at Grimell's - but this year they had none and suggested I order from Wildseed Farms out of Fredericksburg. (1/4 lb is $7.45 and contains about 450 seeds). The perfect temps for germination is 55-70 degrees and that will be our temp range soon.
I stopped by Stuart Place Nursery and picked up some 6-packs. If you haven't been there since they re-opened, it's worth your visit. The staff is both knowledgable and helpful and the plants look terrific!
If anyone knows nurseries in the Rio Grande Valley that have bluebonnet seed in stock, please "comment" and let us know. Here's hoping our drought is over and we have lots of beautiful Texas wildflowers next spring!
I've gotten most of my seeds over the years from gardening friends who are good about collecting them. I've also bought a few plants in the spring and then collected seed myself. I use such a small quantity for my small beds though. I guess you have to buy in bulk for a large space, eh?
We buy ours at the Wild Seed Farm , but we buy lots of wild flower seeds and plant large plots.
They are so beautiful.
PAM - I like to buy about a pound every year (Okay, MOST years - sometimes the time just gets away from me). I guess this year will be strictly a transplant year - and hopefully I'll get out and collect seed for next year.
BARBARA - I should have thought about getting my seed sooner - Wildseed Farms is a great source, aren't they?
We were in San Antonio this weekend - all the highways are green; surely we'll have beautiful wildflowers this spring!
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