10 Comments

  1. anastacia
    June 10, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

    Hello!
    I grew cornflowers last year from seed and I loved it. We did the same this year but I wonder why they’re blooming even though they’re less than a foot tall. Last year, they were 50-60cm before blooming. What have I done wrong? I spaced them the same as last year. I live in sweden. It’s summer now. Could the planting or sowing month affect the bloom time? I was a month late this year.

  2. Lucy
    July 18, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Hi, I’m growing corn flowers for the first time and would like advice re cutting them: How low on the plant should one cut given that there are lots of new unopened buds quite close to the open flower at the head of the stem?

    Thanks.

    • Ben
      July 19, 2013 @ 7:10 am

      I always cut the first few stems quite short..usually the first bud to flower is the centre stem. Cut it at a junction or just above a point where leaves appear on the stem. In a couple of weeks time you will find that many more flowers are in bloom at the same time and you can cut them much longer without sacrificing unopened buds. :)

  3. Jill
    July 16, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Hi
    Would be grateful if you could tell me what to do – an enormous dog has sat onmy
    Gorgeous cornflowers and flattened them completely……! Should I cut them back
    – how far down. -or must I start again? THANKS

    • Ben
      July 16, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      you could try cutting them right back and they will have a chance of another flush…but also as cornflowers are hardy you can sow some more in late August or September and have some early next year. I hope you had the vicious creature detained?

    • Jill
      July 17, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      Thanks – will try that -and also be ordering more

  4. Lee Williams-Demming
    June 16, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    My beautiful Cornflowers have doen there thing and are now looking decidedly droopy! So what do i do with them now, do i cut them back? will they produce more flower after this first lot? Thanks for your help.

    • Ben
      June 16, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

      yes…keep cutting them and they will keep producing flowers. :)

  5. Chris
    June 13, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    Hi Ben,
    I’m getting very excited, as my cornflowers are beginning to….flower, but as I always do as I’m told, I put netting across the flowerbed and got myself in a bit of a tangle when I cut the stems. I can see this being even more of a prob when it comes to Amni etc. If you’ve got any words of wisdom on the subject I’d welcome them!
    Just one more cheeky (slightly unrelated) question…how did deweed your plot at the start, we’re having a nightmare!!
    Thanks,
    Chris
    PS. Love the Higgledy range of seeds.

    • Ben
      June 13, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

      Are you using pea netting…with the BIG holes…like 3.5 inches across? Shouldn’t be too much of a problem…if it is being an issue then why not just use string…either in straight tight lines, simply ‘hemming’ them in…or zig zagged through. All my spring sown plants are still quite small…if I give them support I will place the netting above them and let them grow through…simples!

      Weeding…your bed will have fewer and fewer weeds every year…one just has to keep on top of it. One tip is to hoe it off before sowing…leave it two weeks then hoe again…taking care not to disturb the soil deeply…this will keep most at bay. Once your plants become established they will out compete the weeds and all will be well in flower bed land.

      Stay strong!!! You will be victorious…and all will be much easier next year. :)