All about scabiosa stellata also known as star flowers

All about scabiosa stellata also known as star flowers All about scabiosa stellata also known as star flowers
All about scabiosa stellata also known as star flowers: First of all, these flowers are a dried flower beauty
and also a delightful plant for garden displays.

Scabiosa produces 20-30 cm stems along with spherical heads, more or less 10 cm in diameter.
Each composed of soft lavender blue flowers tightly packed together.

In addition, these flowers quickly mature and fall. The flowers leave a beautiful globular head which turns into a fascinating, many faceted, burnished bronze flower ball .

Furthermore,  this ball looks as if it has been fashioned from translucent parchment.
The flower heads should be picked as the last petals fall off.

Also, these flowers have a fascinating geometrical shape. The papery bracts of scabiosa stellata is an example
of perfect geometry. These flowers will definitely add a new shape to the garden.

This most unusual plant produces delicate pale blue spherical flower heads.
It is sometimes grown primarily for the seed heads which follow.

Protruding vertically from the base of the plant on long stems, these attractive pale blue flowers are
followed by translucent papery, cone shaped bracts.

These bracts accompany the mature seed. They are clustered together to suggest a delicate, lightweight
geodesic sphere. At the centre of each cone, the remnants of the bloom open to form a perfect,
thinly stretched star.

These are also known as paper moons, or star-flowers.
The everlasting seed heads make excellent cut flowers and are perfect for dried arrangements.
They are striking in a bridal bouquet or as a cluster alone in a vase.

Sowing outdoors:
Sow in spring. Sow indoors three to four weeks before planting them outside.
Alternatively, the seed can also be sown directly where they are to flower once the soil warms in mid spring to summer. The plants usually take around 70 to 80 days from seeding to bloom.

Sowing indoors:
Sow in pots or trays of moist seed compost and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost.
Keep soil moderately moist during germination.

Germination can take around 7 to 10 days at
temperatures between 15 to 20°C. Transplant the seedlings into small pots to grow in.
Plant outdoors only when conditions are warm enough.

Sowing directly into your garden:
Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilt.  Sow seed sparingly or they will choke out other seedlings.
Water the ground regularly, especially in dry periods.

The seedlings will appear in rows approx 6 to 8 weeks after planting.  Weed around the seedlings.
Thin the seedlings out so they are finally 30 cm apart.
Carefully replant thinned plants.

Cultivation:
All star flowers,  prefer well-drained soil and a sunny position.
Only water in an extended drought.  Do not apply large doses of fertilizer as flowering will be suppressed.
Deadhead to encourage new flower buds. Birds love to snack on their seed heads in autumn.

Cut flowers:
Finally,  the sooner you cut the blooms, the quicker new buds will pop up to replace them.
The blooms appear so profusely that you will still have plenty of color in the garden, even after
you have picked your flowers.

Hence, cut flower stems can be harvested, when the flowers show color.
In conclusion,  put the stems in warm water immediately. These flowers have a vase life of 7 to 10 days.
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All about scabiosa stellata also known as star flowers

 

 

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