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Corn Flower Frosty Mix


A hardy and attractive easily grown dwarf cottage garden annual producing an abundance of double flowers in shades of blue, pink, rose, deep red and maroon, and white edged pink.

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Corn Flower Frosty Mix

Corn Flower Frosty Mix. A hardy and attractive easily grown dwarf cottage garden annual producing an abundance of double flowers in shades of blue, pink, rose, deep red and maroon, and white edged pink. Prefers full sun, well drained soils and is drought resistant.  Height 15-18”. HA – Hardy annual

Cultivation Advice For Corn Flower Frosty Mix

  • Frosty Mix cornflowers prefer well-draining soil with moderate fertility. They thrive best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
  • Aim for a neutral to slightly alkaline soil pH, ideally around 6.0 to 7.5.
  • Sow seeds directly into the garden after the last frost date. Ensure the soil is warm enough for germination.
  • Plant seeds about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep and space them around 6 to 12 inches apart.
  • Maintain consistent moisture, especially during germination. Once established, they can handle some dry spells but still benefit from regular watering during prolonged droughts.
  • Apply a balanced fertilizer during planting if your soil lacks nutrients. Avoid excessive nitrogen-rich fertilizers that might encourage more foliage than flowers.
  • Mulch around the plants to retain moisture and control weed growth. Weed regularly to reduce competition for nutrients.
  • Remove spent flowers to encourage prolonged blooming. Deadheading helps in promoting new flower production.
  • Taller varieties might require support to prevent bending or breaking in strong winds. Consider staking or providing some form of support if necessary.
  • Monitor for aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew. Treat any issues promptly to prevent them from spreading.
  • Allow some flowers to mature and dry on the plant to collect seeds for the next season. Harvest seeds when the flower heads turn brown and store them in a cool, dry place.
  • Mulch around the plants to protect the roots in colder climates. Alternatively, grow Frosty Mix cornflowers as annuals and replant seeds the following year.
  • Consistent deadheading not only promotes continuous blooming but also prevents the plants from self-seeding excessively, keeping their growth in check.
  • Frosty Mix cornflowers work well alongside other flowering plants. Consider planting them with companion species that support each other in terms of pest control or pollination.
  • Extend the flowering period by practicing succession planting. Sow seeds in batches every few weeks to ensure a continuous supply of blooms throughout the growing season.
  • Regularly check soil moisture levels, especially during hot weather. Mulching helps retain moisture but ensure it doesn’t cause waterlogging.
  • Encourage pollinator activity by planting various flowers that bloom at different times. This can attract a diverse range of beneficial insects to your garden.
  • If you want Frosty Mix cornflowers to reseed for subsequent years, allow some flowers to mature and scatter their seeds naturally. This naturalizing technique can create beautiful self-sustaining patches in your garden.
  • Regularly test and adjust soil pH if necessary to maintain optimal growing conditions. Proper pH levels support nutrient uptake and overall plant health.
  • Employ temporary covers or shades during extreme weather conditions to shield Frosty Mix cornflowers from excessive heat or unexpected frost damage.
  • Add organic matter such as compost to the soil before planting to enhance soil structure, fertility, and moisture retention.
  • Gardening involves a learning process. Experiment with different planting strategies and observe how the Frosty Mix cornflowers respond to your garden’s specific conditions.
  • Planting aromatic herbs like dill or fennel nearby can attract predatory insects that feed on common pests, helping maintain a balanced ecosystem.
  • Water at the base of the plants to avoid wetting the foliage, which can reduce the risk of fungal diseases. Water early in the day to allow excess moisture to evaporate.
  • Organic mulches, like straw or shredded leaves, not only retain moisture but also break down over time, adding nutrients to the soil. Ensure the mulch isn’t too close to the plant stems to prevent rot.
  • Evaluate the growth of your Frosty Mix Cornflowers as they mature. Provide individual plant support like stakes or small cages for any particularly tall or heavy flowering stems to prevent them from drooping or breaking.
  • If the soil lacks nutrients, consider periodic applications of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support healthy growth and consistent flowering without promoting excessive foliage.
  • Aside from deadheading, perform occasional pruning by cutting back some stems mid-season. This stimulates fresh growth and may result in a second flush of flowers later in the season.
  • Take time to inspect your Frosty Mix Cornflowers regularly for signs of stress, pests, or diseases. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, minimizing potential damage.
  • Cover young seedlings with row covers or cloches if you’re experiencing unexpected frosts or cold snaps early in the season to protect them until temperatures stabilize.
  • Observe how your Cornflowers respond to different environmental conditions like varying sunlight or soil moisture. Adjust care practices accordingly to optimize their growth.
  • Lastly, take pleasure in the beauty these Frosty Mix Cornflowers bring to your garden. Spend time appreciating their unique colors and delicate blooms.


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