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Planting Bluebonnets in the Fall


You know there's nothing prettier than riding around the countryside and seeing bluebonnets along the highways. A lot of people like to have them around the landscape as well. And if that's the case then you need to start thinking about planting them now. What I'm doing out here is weeding the weeds because, of course, bluebonnets are the Texas State weed.

A lot of people don't realize that they come up this time of the year. They actually germinate and come up. Now this planting we're in was seeded about two or three weeks ago and they're up. A lot of people have trouble getting seed to grow, and for that answer you need to try to use the transplants that are available in local nurseries now, and actually transplant them about six to twelve inches apart and you will have beautiful blooms.

Now the key to this is you have to plant them or seed them now because they'll go through the winter and stay a small plant and then next February or March they'll begin to really bloom and do well for you.

Another important thing is you'll notice this is commercial planting and a lot of farmers are growing these for the seeds now. You'll notice that these are on raised beds. These are high above so they won't be in the water. There's only two ways to kill a bluebonnet: plant it in the shade and over-water it, or either put it in a wet condition. So now is the time to transplant bluebonnets or plant seed of bluebonnets if you really want beautiful color next spring.

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

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