Blue Bonnet False Indigo Seeds – Baptisia australis Native Seeds – Spring pollinators
Growing this mid-Spring native brings delightful powder bluebonnets known as false indigo to your garden borders – A minimum of 25+ easy-to-grow Seeds will get you started with this handsome perennial.
Baptisia australis bloom in Spring every year flowering at approx 4ft on robust stems.
These stout perennial requires no staking but does prefer a moisture retentive soil and a little shade to make the blues really sing.
Loved by early pollinators in a hungry search for pollen-rich flowers, bees benefiting from the Spring foray.
Sow Blue Bonnet False Indigo Seeds – Direct in fall but clearly label so when the seeds germinate in Spring you can identify them, alternatively you can start them indoors a few weeks prior to your last frost.
Improve germination rates by storing your seeds in a cool dark location and follow my tips for winter stratification to further improve the results.
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 also like to grow a few Blue Bonnet False Indigo Seeds 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!