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Bluebonnets from seeds taken this Spring?

Posted by ilovemyroses 8 Dallas TX (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 8, 12 at 20:04

I cut seed pods from active bluebonnets this weekend and would like to spread them for blooms next year. Any advice?

I am letting them dry out and wonder about sanding them a bit. I am sure nature takes care of things, but I'd love to assist if need be!


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RE: Bluebonnets from seeds taken this Spring?

I had a couple plants self-seed this year, without any help from me. From what I've read/been told, you should spread the seed (scarification might help germination) in the fall. I *think* they germinate late fall/early winter and grow their little rosette of leaves and extensive root system through the winter, only to explode once the weather warms up. The best luck I've seen has been an area with a few (6?) plants the first year left to reseed naturally. Within a few years, they covered the entire area. But, we left them to go to seed (and scatter the seed) by themselves and didn't cut them down until well after the seed was "cast". Not always an option if you have an HOA or picky neighbors.

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