Buzzing Bee Seed Collection
Cosmos Planting: May be started inside 4 weeks before last frost or direct seeded after last frost. Plant 1⁄4 inches deep in warm soil (24-26 degrees C). Transplant after risk of frost has passed and once the soil has warmed. Space 8-12 inches apart in a full sun location. Growing: Grows well in poor soil. Dead-head regularly.
Sunflowers Planting: Direct seed outdoors after all danger of frost is past. (Dwarf varieties can be seeded inside in peat pots 3 weeks before planting out.) Sow 1 inch deep in light, well-drained soil. Keep moist until seed germinates in 10-14 days. Space in a full sun location 6-24 inches apart depending on variety. Giant varieties should be be planted 20-24 inches apart, while cut flower varieties should be spaced 6-10 inches apart to get smaller heads and slender stems for bouquets. Growing: Water regularly but do not over fertilize. Cut flowers last 10-14 days. Drying sunflower heads: If drying outside they should be protected with plastic mesh or brown paper bags. Just cover the heads to keep the birds away. To harvest, cut the seed heads leaving 12 inches of stem attached. Hang in an airy place safe from birds and rodents. Heads should be dry in 2-3 weeks. Remove seeds by rubbing two heads together. You may store the seeds on the heads until you need them.
Blue Bells Planting: Direct seed when soil is cool and a light frost is still possible. Thin seed, once it germinates, to 8-12 inches apart. For earliest bloom, start plants indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to planting out. Cover seeds very lightly with vermiculite and keep soil moist. Growing: Flowers spring through summer. Drought tolerant. Grows 6-10 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide.
Bachelors Buttons Planting: May be started early inside, but they grow and bloom very fast from direct seeding outside. Sow seed about 2 weeks before last frost. Just cover and they usually germinate in 7 days. Growing: Successive sowings will provide blooms all season. Space 12 inches apart in full sun.