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Texas Bluebonnets


You know it doesn't take a genius to look at the wildflowers this year and figure something went wrong. We had to look all over the place to find this little small stand here. They just didn't get very big.

Why didn't they? It's a wildflower. It should be drought tolerant, it should not need much fertilizer, so why didn't they get big? Well they didn't have fertilizer and they didn't have enough water. Let me show you what can happen if they do get plenty of fertilizer and water.

Well, obviously if you do fertilize them and give them a little bit of water they grow neck high on a good year. So how in the world can we make sure that we always have wildflower seed and bluebonnet seed? Well, what we need to do is make sure they get plenty of water and fertilizer and that's to let a farmer grow them. They know how to water and fertilize plants.

So as you can see that if you water and fertilize properly you'll make a lot of seeds, especially you're interested in that if you're growing these beautiful new colors that I'm developing. This is called a Red Raider Bluebonnet because obviously it's as red as any bluebonnet on earth has ever been. These were watered and fertilized properly by great farmers here in the area, the Verstraeten boys. As you can see, we'll soon have seed from this Red Raider Red Bluebonnet for you to enjoy in your own landscape through nurseries, transplants, and things like that.

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

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