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Introduction of the Colored Bluebonnets


Oh man, there's nothing prettier than a great big field of bluebonnets. Oh, they are spectacular in March and April around this area. All those blues waving in the wind the Texas State flower makes us all proud.

This is what they look like or should look like now. This is the farmers field at Wildseed Farms, Incorporated up in Fredericksburg, Texas, and you see these bluebonnets being planted just like a bean. They are just planted like a crop and once a bluebonnet is planted you handle it just as you would a bean because it is a legume, it's in the legume family.

Maybe you want to see them in your own flowerbed. Then need to go to your local nursery now and get transplants. That's right, transplants of bluebonnets. They're in little peat pots and you put them in a full sun location. They need to get sun all winter so they can grow. And they'll be sort of small, so you might want to interplant something like dianthus or pansies every twelve inches apart. So, in other words, plant the bluebonnets twenty-four inches apart and then between them put a pansy or dianthus, and they'll just kind of sit there nondescript and then next March or April they'll bloom beautifully for you. Now is the time to plant for beauty next spring.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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