False Indigo are a fantastic range of spring garden perennials that are native to much of the east and the southern USA but underplanted in North America, largely due to its tendency to be slow to establish but well worth the wait.
Several cultivars have been discovered over recent years and may hybridize through cross-pollination when grown in close proximity.
After a few years of vegetative growth, Baptisia spring lupin-like blooms multiply, and they more than compensate for the wait.
Every Spring flowering at approx 4ft on robust, weatherproof stems this mix includes colors from solid blue, yellow, cream, and bi-color varieties.
False indigo is happy growing amongst grasses or in a garden setting, dominating architectural stems and silver-grey leaves.
This stout perennial requires no staking but does prefer a moisture retentive soil and a little shade to make the blues really sing
Dry seed heads last well into the Winter and provide shelter and habitat for essential pollinators and bugs.
Loved by early pollinators in a hungry search for pollen-rich flowers, bees benefiting from the Spring foray.
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Cold Stratification or Direct Sowing: Recommended. (See Winter Jug Method )
Direct sow seeds in fall and allow seeds to naturally cold stratify. When starting seeds indoors, sow finely and barely cover seeds with soil. I recommend sowing these seeds, direct in Fall on a prepared seedbed or garden container, water well, and protect from winter weather with a fabric fleece if some seeds germinate early. Also known as cold stratification and can be completed anytime of the year by placing seed packs in a cool drawer of a refrigerator for 4-12 weeks to break seed dormancy.
1) Sow direct in a prepared weed-free seedbed
2) Cold frame sheltered location in small pots outdoors
3) Under lights indoor grow room
4) Bright windowsill with drip tray and propagator cover
I like to grow in pots this way you can break dormancy, simply by moving the pots around and most seeds germinate in batches, care must be taken when picking out to avoid disturbing emerging seedlings.
Pot young plants on until large enough to plant out, this native plant mix prefers poor soil in full sun.
Full instructions, border design and planting ideas available online by searching igrowhort native-seed-collections.
Native plants maintain balance and provide habitat and eco-systems for resident and migratory wildlife. Due to many years of ecological destruction, development and toxic pollution many native wild flowers, and wildlife are under-threat of extinction.
We all have an important role to play, no matter how small your garden or balcony a few plant pots filled with natives instead of alien ornamentals of genetic hybrids that offer very little to no benefit to feeding insects and birds.
Time to make a small difference on a global scale and encourage our neighbors friends and families to sow a patchwork quilt of native wildflowers like a blanket to protect our sacred planet!