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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 highway and whatever. A lot of people like to have them around the landscape as well, and if that's the case you need to start thinking about planting them now.

What I'm doing out here now is weeding the weeds because of course bluebonnets are the Texas state weed. A lot of people don't realize they come up at 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 seeds to grow and for that answer you need to try to use the transplants that are available in local nurseries now and actually transplants them about 6 inches apart; about 6-12 inches apart and you will have beautiful blooms. Now the key to this is you've got to plant them or seed them now because they go through the winter and stay as small plants. Then next February or March they'll begin to really bloom and do well for you.

Another important thing is you'll notice that this is commercial plantings and a lot of farmers are growing these for the seed now. You will notice these are on raised beds, these are high up so they won't be in the water. There are only two ways to kill a bluebonnet. Plant it in the shade, 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 has been Jerry Parsons Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service the Weekend Gardener.

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