What is the common name for the bachelor's button? Another name for Bachelor’s button is cornflower. The Bachelor’s button is a beautiful old-fashioned annual that’s starting to see a new burst in popularity. Usually, the bachelor’s button actually comes in a pale blue (hence the color “cornflower”), although it’s also available in purple, pink, white, and even black varieties. Can you grow bachelor buttons from seed? Actually bachelor’s button should self-seed in the fall, but collecting the bachelor’s button seeds is extremely very easy, and growing bachelor’s button seeds are a great way to spread them around your garden and with your neighbors. Just continue reading to learn more about bachelor’s button seed propagation and how to grow bachelor’s button seeds.


What Do Bachelor Button Seeds Look Like

If you are collecting bachelor’s button seeds, it is very vital to let the flowers fade naturally on the plant. The bachelor’s buttons will produce new flowers all summer long if you cut the old ones, so it’s a good idea to harvest the bachelor button seeds toward the end of the growing season. When one of your flowers heads has faded and dried up, cut it off of the stalk. You won’t see the bachelor button seeds right away because they’re actually inside the flower. With the fingers of one hand, rub the flower against the palm of the other hand so the dried flower crumbles away. This should reveal a few small seeds – hard little oblong shapes with a tuft of hairs coming off one end, a little like a stubby paintbrush. Saving the bachelor’s button seeds is very easy. Leave bachelor button seeds on a plate for a couple days to dry, and then seal them in an envelope until you’re actually ready to use them.


Can You Grow Bachelor Buttons from Seed?

In warm climates you can plant the bachelor’s button seeds in the fall to come up in the spring. In colder climates the bachelor’s button seeds can be sown a couple weeks before the last frost date. Bachelor’s button plants do best in hot weather, so starting the seeds indoors to get an early start isn’t really compulsory. 


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