Beautiful Strawflower Garden Plants
Strawflower garden plants have papery blossoms that retain their color when dried. Low-growing perennial types of strawflower garden plants were recently categorized in their own genus, Xerochrysum bracteatum. It’s easy to plant strawflower seeds directly in the garden after you’re sure all danger of frost has passed. Dig the soil to a depth of at least 8 to 10 inches. Strawflower garden plants don’t require rich soil but they’ll be happy if you dig in 2 to 3 inches of compost before planting. Sprinkle the seeds lightly on the surface of the soil. Water them lightly with a spray attachment, but don’t cover the seeds with soil. Thin the plants to a distance of at least 10 to 12 inches when the seedlings are 2 to 3 inches tall. You can also plant strawflower seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost. Fill a planting tray with a lightweight commercial potting mix and sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the mix.
Water carefully to ensure the seeds make firm contact with the potting mix but don’t block sunlight by covering the seeds with soil. Cover the tray with clear plastic to keep the environment warm and moist, then remove the plastic as soon as the seeds germinate. Transplant the seedlings to individual pots when they have at least one or two sets of true leaves. Place the tray in a sunny room where the temperature is cool at night. Water as needed to keep the soil slightly moist but never soggy and feed the seedlings with a weak fertilizer solution every two weeks. Plant the strawflower garden plants outdoors when all danger of frost has passed.